Fatal crash takes the life of a young Hope woman

Byllie Harden of Hope was tragically killed in a car accident, early Friday morning.

Forty-year-old Hope resident, Byllie Harden was killed in a tragic collision, after suddenly veering off the Highway and striking a tree, which was located in the foliage of the center median, according to preliminary investigative reports and an initial press release statement given by officials.

The fatality occurred on Friday, May  15th, at 4 a.m. The Agassiz RCMP promptly responded to a reported single motor vehicle collision on Highway #1 eastbound and east of the Popkum Road exit in Chilliwack.

Ms. Harden was the only passenger in the vehicle and sustained serious injuries to her person, which she succumbed to at the scene of the accident.

The cause of the collision has not yet been determined, as police urgently cautioned the May long weekend motorists to drive with extreme care and to pay attention to others on the road.

“With the excitement of the May long weekend, also comes preventable tragedies on B.C. roads — it is imperative that safe driving is your priority, so everyone reaches their destinations safely,” said Cpl. Ronda Rempel of BC RCMP traffic, in a press release statement to the public, on the advent of the crash.

The investigation is being thoroughly continued with the guidance of the BC Coroner’s service, alongside the Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Service.

A memorial service for the victim was held Wednesday, May 20th.

Anyone who has further information, or may have witnessed the collision has been asked to contact the RCMP Fraser Valley Traffic Services at 604-702-4039, reference file # 2015-17065.