Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

January 09, 2014 18:39 ET

Government of British Columbia: BC Coroners Service Identifies Motor Vehicle Incident Victim

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 9, 2014) -


For Immediate Release


Jan. 9, 2014

Ministry of Justice

BC Coroners Service

BC Coroners Service identifies motor vehicle incident victim

KELOWNA - The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a woman who died after a motor vehicle incident near Merritt on Jan. 8, 2014.

She was Gayle Alverna Ashforth, aged 85, of Calgary, Alberta.

Ms. Ashforth was the front-seat passenger in an SUV which was in collision with a forestry chip truck on the Coquihalla Highway near the Mine Creek exit south of Merritt in the morning of Jan. 8, 2014. Road conditions were noted to be icy at the time. Ms. Ashforth was deceased at the scene of the collision.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate this death.

The family of Ms. Ashforth has been notified of her death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.

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Contact Information

  • Barb McLintock
    Coroner, Strategic Programs
    BC Coroners Service
    250 356-9253