Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

October 08, 2015 18:29 ET

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

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 8, 2015) -

For Immediate Release
Oct. 8, 2015

Ministry of Justice
BC Coroners Service

BC Coroners Service identifies victims of motor vehicle incident

KELOWNA - The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of two women who died following a motor vehicle incident near Cranbrook on Oct. 5, 2015.

They were Helen May Stairs, aged 81, and her daughter, Jane Marina Stairs, aged 40, both of Cranbrook.

Helen Stairs was the driver and Jane Stairs the front-seat passenger in a car that was heading westbound on Highway 3/93. Approximately 40 kilometres east of Cranbrook at about 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 5, 2015, the car was in collision with an eastbound pickup truck. Both the driver and passenger were deceased at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate these deaths.

The families of both women have been notified of the deaths. 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

  • Media Contact:
    Larry Marzinzik
    Regional Coroner, Interior Region
    BC Coroners Service
    250 861-7429