Kamloops, BC – The Thompson Rivers University (TRU) community is grappling with grief following a tragic accident that claimed the life of Owyn McInnis, a member of the university’s men’s volleyball team. The accident occurred on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, near the Kamloops campus, leaving two other students injured.
Thompson Rivers University released a statement on Thursday expressing deep sadness over the tragic crash involving three TRU students. The university community is urged to come together and support one another during this challenging time.
The heartbreaking incident unfolded near the TRU campus, where a compact vehicle carrying three members of the men’s volleyball team was struck by an out-of-control vehicle. The collision propelled the vehicle into a bustling intersection, triggering a multi-car collision. The RCMP reported that Owyn McInnis tragically succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, while the two other students are undergoing treatment for injuries described as “life-altering.”
In addition to the loss of Owyn McInnis, the collision resulted in injuries to seven other individuals, with three requiring hospitalization and four receiving on-site medical attention. The Kamloops RCMP is actively seeking assistance from witnesses and those with dashcam footage to aid in the investigation and shed light on the circumstances surrounding this devastating incident.
Owyn McInnis, an individual with a passion for shaping athletes, attended Mohawk College from 2019 to 2021 before continuing his studies at Thompson Rivers University. He was dedicated to supporting athletes at every stage of their journey, from amateur beginnings to professional heights. Owyn aspired to be recognized for excellence in identifying subtle factors impacting an athlete’s performance, demonstrating a commitment to his craft.
Described as fun to be around, Owyn McInnis will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. The TRU community mourns the loss of a talented athlete and a compassionate individual.
As the TRU community grapples with this profound loss, the university emphasizes the importance of supporting one another during this challenging time. Details about memorial services and tributes will be shared as they become available, allowing the community to come together to remember and honor Owyn McInnis.