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Two Fatal Car Accidents Rock Vancouver over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Posted on Apr 05, 2013

Tragedy struck over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, when two people lost their lives in two separate Vancouver Island car accidents.

Early Saturday morning, on March 16, 2013, at around 5:00 a.m., the RCMP responded to a call about a serious crash on the Trans-Canada Highway near Wellswood Road. Police believe that the 40-year-old male driver, who was traveling alone, likely lost control of his vehicle and ran his Volvo station wagon off the right side of the road. He died at the scene of the crash.

An RCMP Corporal, Cory Bayda, told a local news outlet that an investigation into the cause is ongoing. Police asked for a toxicology report, but investigators do not suspect that drugs or alcohol played a role. Bayda said, “[the accident] doesn’t appear to be suspicious.”

The accident came almost exactly 24 hours after another fatal collision on the Trans-Canada Highway near Somenos Road. On Friday, March 15, 2013, just before 5:00 a.m., a 56-year-old woman, who was driving a small red Nissan, collided with a large freightliner tractor-trailer in the southbound lane. The trucker sustained injuries, and was taken to an area hospital. The Nissan’s driver was far more seriously hurt. An emergency crew initially took her to Cowichan District Hospital. However, her condition deteriorated, so they transferred her to Victoria. She died later in the evening—sometime before 9 p.m.

The RCMP is conducting investigations into both crashes.

The Vancouver car crash lawyers at McComb Witten sends sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims in these very sad accidents.

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