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Young Man Killed and Three Severely Injured in a Vancouver Car Crash


Posted on Feb 20, 2013

A horrendous Vancouver car accident on the Georgia Viaduct has stirred powerful emotions among local residents, cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians. Something about the flow of traffic at the viaduct needs to change.

What actions should be taken to prevent future tragedies? First, let’s back up and examine the background.

According to police reports, a 22-year-old driver from nearby Burnaby lost control of his white BMW sedan on Friday, February 8, 2013, at around 3:00 a.m. on the viaduct. The car hopped the curb, smashed into a pole, hit a tree, and flipped upside down before coming to rest on Gore Street.

The driver died during the crash. Three passengers—all in their early 20s—suffered life-threatening injuries, and all three remain in the hospital. A local constable, Brian Montague, blamed the crash at least in part on the BMW’s high speed. Police believe the young driver might have been street racing. Authorities are talking to witnesses to understand the event better.

Even if investigators conclude that the driver had been racing—or at least driving at an unreasonable speed—there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Residents have complained to police many times about the dangers of the viaduct, which links downtown with Highway 1 and curves in a strange way to meet up with Prior Street. Officials plan to eliminate both the Georgia Viaduct and another viaduct on Dunsmuir Street. Authorities worry about the contorted and confusing flow of traffic—it poses dangers to bicyclists, pedestrians, and motor vehicle drivers alike.

Just a day before the fatal crash at the Georgia Viaduct, one vehicle smashed into a car, and several other drivers ran red lights on Prior Street. Driver negligence and carelessness play big roles in most crashes. In this case, however, the traffic system itself appears to be causing big problems and needless risks.

The Vancouver car crash lawyers at McComb Witten are following this story closely and offer sincere condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.

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