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Drunk Driving Collision In California Leaves Kelowna Man Dead

32-year-old Angela Lavanty has been charged with DUI second degree murder in connection to an incident that took place on 18 November at around 3:18 pm.

Lavanty was driving a 2006 Mercedes ML 350when she struck a golf cart carrying two B.C. residents along a road at a mobile home park in Thousand Palms, CA. The vehicle hit the rear of the cart, causing major damage to it.

The men riding the cart were identified by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office as 76-year-old Ronald Little from Lac La Hache, B.C., who was the driver of the cart, and 77-year-old Neil Karran from Kelowna, who was the passenger.

Both men were ejected from the golf cart upon impact and were killed in the collision. Two dogs were also in the cart, they were killed in the collision as well.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Radford, Lavanty was arrested and charged with two counts of DUI, second degree murder.

An investigation into the collision is under way. Officers are saying that high speed was the cause of the accident as Lavanty was driving faster than 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.

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