A Revelstoke youth has been seriously injured in a high speed crash on Highway 23 North.
The incident happened less than a kilometre north of the Wadey Creek camping area at about 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 10.
Revelstoke Staff Sgt. Jacquie Olsen said two carloads of young adults from Revelstoke were travelling southbound on the highway and were said to be looking for a campground at the time.
At one point one of the two vehicles attempted to pass the other at a “high rate of speed.” The speed limit was 100 km/h on the straight stretch that entered into a corner where the crash happened. The speed limit was reduced to 80 km/h in the corner.
While attempting to pass, the driver of a Honda Civic lost control and spun around more than once before crashing into the northbound ditch on the opposite side of the road.
Olsen said there were several occupants of the vehicle and all were reported to be wearing seatbelts. Nevertheless, one of the passengers was ejected from the vehicle and seriously hurt.
Olsen said the young Revelstoke man suffered injuries including a broken shoulder, a possible collapsed lung and internal chest injuries.
He was taken by ambulance to Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke and was subsequently moved to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops for further treatment.
Olsen noted that the airbags in the vehicle did not deploy in the crash.
The exact number of people in the vehicle is not known, but there were no other serious injuries. Olsen said the driver was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Olsen said that Revelstoke Traffic Services is continuing its investigation of the incident and that “charges are pending.”
She did say there was no indication alcohol was involved in the crash.