Fatal crash near Hope may be linked to Nelson Robbery

Police say there may be a link between a robbery at a Nelson Jewelry store this week and a fatal crash near Hope.

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen from Ted Allen's Jewelry around 4:30 am on Monday, hours before a sport utility vehicle hit a highway maintenance truck on Highway 3 near Hope, leaving a female passenger dead.

Sergeant Nate Holt says investigators believe both the woman killed in the crash and the SUV's driver were involved in the earlier robbery.

Police say the driver of the SUV escaped from the crash scene in a white truck and has not yet been located.