The family of Maria Karountzos

The family of Maria Karountzos

Coroners service names Creston resident killed in Okanagan ATV accident

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  • Jul. 25, 2013 3:00 p.m.

A Creston resident was one of two people who died July 18 in the Okanagan, the BC Coroner Service reported on Tuesday afternoon.

An all-terrain vehicle left Oyama Lake Road and went down a 30-metre embankment, killing Maria Casandra Karountzos, 30, of Creston, and former Creston resident Joshua Mitchell Hoffart, 30, of Lake Country.

They had gone for a ride on a quad to the Oyama Lake Road lookout, about 15 kilometres south of Vernon, on July 18 at 9 p.m. a search began when they did not return.

On Friday at 2:50 p.m., Kelowna Search and Rescue located the quad in a ravine on Oyama Lake Road.

“The persons were located and were fatally injured,” said Lake Country RCMP Cpl. Barbara Holley.

A service for the pair will be held at the Creston and District Community Complex on Saturday at 11 a.m., with a luncheon directly afterward at Jimmy’s Pub and Grill. The liquor licence will be suspended for the event to allows children to attend, the pub reported on its Facebook page.

—With files from Vernon Morning Star