A head-on crash Saturday morning on Highway 1 claimed the life of an elderly Hope woman.
But a young Chilliwack family, including a three-month-old baby boy, was spared.
Mounties say a 2005 Buick Allure driven by the 82-year-old Hope woman left the Bradner Road rest stop in Abbotsford travelling east in the westbound lanes of Highway 1 around 10: 45 a.m.
The Allure collided with a 2003 Mazda 3 Hatchback driven by a 29-year-old man.
With the man were his 24-year-old wife and the couple's young child.
The crash killed the driver of the Buick. The two adults in the Mazda sustained "non-life-threatening injuries," according to police.
The baby was uninjured. "This tragic loss of life has impacted a family forever" RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Peter Thiessen said in a press release.
"This is a time of year when families come together and celebrate the holidays," he continued, "but unfortunately, a family now grieves the loss of a beloved family member."
Thiessen added, "Fortunately there was not a greater loss of life."