Crown lays new charges in connection with fatal crash

The Olalla man who allegedly caused a fatal accident near the Penticton airport in July is facing a new set of charges.

The Olalla man who allegedly caused a fatal accident near the Penticton airport in July is facing a new set of charges.

On Wednesday, Crown counsel asked for the original charges of dangerous driving causing death and leaving the scene of an accident be stayed. According to the court docket, 72-year-old Frank Tamok is now facing charges of criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing bodily harm, causing an accident resulting in death and failure to stop at an accident.

The collision that killed a 32-year-old Vancouver man occurred on the afternoon of July 3.

RCMP initially indicated Tamok was rear-ended in his Kia Sport Tec SUV at the Channel Parkway and Highway 97 intersection. He then allegedly accelerated away, having minor collisions with several other vehicles all within a half-kilometre. RCMP reported that Tamok was nearing Old Airport Road when he sideswiped a Jimmy, causing that driver to lose control. The Jimmy careened into the opposing lane and overturned while airborne. The vehicle then landed on the front-end of a Toyota Tacoma that was pulling a travel trailer.

The Vancouver man driving the Jimmy was pronounced dead at the scene. Five occupants from the eight vehicles that were involved in the accident were treated for minor injuries.

Tamok, who is custody, will next appear in court by video on Oct. 12.