(Jane Thomas)

Central Saanich police have released updates on the collision that killed a 51-year-old woman and critically injured her 48-year-old sister Monday night.

With permission of the victim’s family, police have revealed their names: 51-year-old Kim Ward was pronounced dead on site, and her sister, 48-year-old Tracy Ward was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and remains there in critical condition.

The family of the victims are requesting privacy at this time.

Another crash occurred just 20 minutes before the fatal collision, in which a red SUV rear-ended a black sedan. Police have determined that the driver of the red SUV was involved in both collisions on August 27th.

While the driver of the black sedan has come forward, officers are still seeking witnesses to both crashes.

Details

Authorities say the SUV was travelling southbound when it veered across the road striking the women while they walked along the shoulder of the road.

The crash occurred just after 7 p.m. in the 7600-block of Central Saanich Road, near Mount Newton Cross Road. The sisters were walking their two dogs, one of which was also pronounced dead on site, while the other managed to run home.

The driver, a 26-year-old man, was also transported to hospital with unknown injuries.