Kim Ward, 48, was a massage therapist and worked with Canadian triathletes at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games. (Triathlon Canada)

Kim Ward, 48, was a massage therapist and worked with Canadian triathletes at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games. (Triathlon Canada)

Sisters identified in fatal Central Saanich crash

Police release new information, believe suspect vehicle involved in two crashes that night

Central Saanich Police have now identified the two sisters struck by a red Jeep on Central Saanich Road Monday night.

Kim Ward, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene and her sister, 48-year-old Tracy Ward was transported to hospital for treatment where she remains in critical condition.

In a Facebook post, Triathlon Canada expressed their condolences to Ward’s friends and family. Ward was a key member of Triathlon Canada’s Integrated Support Team as our Registered Massage Therapist for both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Summer Olympics.

The post read in part: “Kim played a critical role in ensuring our athletes were healthy and fully prepared to achieve excellence each time they hit the start line. Kim was a true professional, a great teammate and a very dear friend.”

The Ward family has requested privacy at this time.

Police have also contacted the occupants of a black sedan that was rear-ended by a Jeep 20 minutes before the fatal crash and believe the driver was involved in both crashes.

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The driver of the black sedan has come forward, but they are still looking for witnesses to this earlier incident, which occurred at Mt. Newton Cross Road at Lochside Drive.

Anyone with information is asked to call Central Saanich Police at 250 652 4441 or Crime Stoppers at 1800 222 8477 (TIPS).


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Updated 10:08 a.m. with a statement from Triathon Canada.

 

A memorial on Central Saanich Road marks the scene of a fatal crash on Monday evening. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)

A memorial on Central Saanich Road marks the scene of a fatal crash on Monday evening. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)