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A Vancouver Car Crash Lawyer Shares a Chilliwack Drowning Update

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on May 24, 2013

A Vancouver car crash lawyer was saddened, but relieved, to learn that police in Coquitlam have found the body of a 45-year-old man who drowned in the Pitt River two months ago, after a car crash.


According to local Mounties, someone out on the water near Harken Towing found the body on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Police believe the man, whose name is being withheld out of respect for the family, was one of two people who died in a crash on March 10, 2013. The accident occurred near Ballam and McDonald Roads, when a Ford F150 pickup truck drove into the river. Local Mounties found the body of the presumed driver, 40-year-old Teena Louise Carreck, soon after the crash.


Chilliwack authorities had suspected that a second person was in the car with Ms. Carreck. They even launched a sonar investigation of the debris field, but were unable to locate the body.


Local authorities were not surprised by the discovery. According to Corporal Jamie Chung of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), bodies that spend a lot of time in water ultimately become buoyant and float. The body was likely held underwater for some time before it was broke free and floated downstream.


Chung told the Vancouver Sun that he hoped that the discovery would help the victim's family achieve closure. “Now they know they can give him a proper burial,” he said. “When someone’s dead and the body’s not found, there’s no closure.”


The Coroner’s Service of British Columbia is investigating to find out the precise cause of death.


The Vancouver car accident lawyers at McComb Witten send sincere condolences to the families and friends of the two people who died in this tragic accident.

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