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A Vancouver Car Accident Attorney Reports on a Langley School Crash

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Aug 05, 2013

A Vancouver car accident attorney at McComb Witten recently learned about some disturbing mayhem in the parking lot of Glendale Elementary. On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at about 2:00 p.m., a car skidded wildly from 208th Street into the school's parking lot. Authorities believe the driver swerved to avoid an accident.

The car then struck a school employee’s vehicle, pivoted, and smashed into a maintenance van. According to the Vancouver Sun, the car hit this van so hard that it flew across the length of the parking lot, even though the parking brake had been applied. Fortunately, the van’s driver had been doing maintenance work in the school, so he wasn’t injured. A concrete barricade helped stop the van's slide, leaving the vehicle partially demolished.

Meanwhile, the car—a courtesy vehicle that belonged to Don's Auto Body of Aldergrove—suffered massive damage. The driver left the scene of the accident. Authorities believe that he shimmied out through a window.

In the wake of the crash, Langley RCMP launched a manhunt to find the hit and run driver—a major police initiative that involved dog teams. Local authorities worried that the driver might try to hijack a different vehicle.

Derek McCracken, the Vice Principal of Glenwood Elementary, told reporters that he was grateful that the incident happened when it did. Had it taken place just 45 minutes later, the parking lot would have been crowded with children, and serious injuries would have been inevitable. No one (save, perhaps, the driver who fled the scene) got hurt in the crash.

The Vancouver car accident lawyers at McComb Witten are grateful that no children were hurt in this crash.

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