Salmon Arm woman identified as victim in fatal lake crash

Elly Collins, 59, died when her Jeep skidded off highway 97 south of Vernon

A Salmon Arm, B.C., woman has been identified as the victim in a fatal vehicle accident on Highway 97 in the Okanagan last week.

Fifty-nine-year-old Elly Collins was the driver and only occupant of a Jeep that went out of control and plowed into icy waters of Wood Lake, south of Vernon.

The B.C. Coroners Service says several people who saw the crash, along with first responders, made heroic efforts to pull Collins from her vehicle.

It took several minutes to extract the woman and although she was rushed to hospital, she couldn't be resuscitated. Both the coroner and the RCMP are continuing to investigate.

Last winter a cyclist died after plunging through the ice on the same lake.