Calls for road safety upgrades after young Kelowna man dies on Highway 97

Simon-Pierre Houde was driving home on Friday evening from his mushroom farm job in Summerland, when he was struck by another vehicle and killed on Highway 97 near Peachland.

The collision that claimed the 24-year-old Kelowna man’s life happened on a notorious stretch of the highway that’s known for serious accidents.

The deadly crash happened on a section of road known as Drought Hill.

Police said that a southbound Buick Sedan crossed the centre line and struck Houde’s Maza head-on.

Houde died at the scene.

“I just thought it was horrible,” said Chad Garrecht of West Kelowna  “I couldn’t believe that another person lost their life on that road.”

Garrecht has lived in the Central Okanagan for 30 years. Both he and his wife drive on that stretch of road almost daily.

“When I’m driving it, I hug the shoulder as much as I can so I am far away from that centre line,” he told Global News.

The ministry also said that the Drought Hill section was reviewed in 2016 and any further improvements will be considered as part of the Peachland Transportation Study, which is looking at ways to improve safety, travel times and congestion moving in and through Peachland and the Central Okanagan region.

The ministry said it is planning further public engagement for the study in the coming months, and people will be able to provide feedback at that time.

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