Photo by Jeff Stephens
The Surrey driver of a Honda Civic involved in a horrific crash on No. 6 Road last week, has succumbed to her injuries.
The 21-year-old woman was one of two occupants involved in the violent, high-speed crash on No. 6 Road, just north of Blundell, on Monday, Jan. 21 around 12:45 a.m.
A 22-year-old female passenger, also from Surrey, survived the crash.
A relative of the driver visited the scene Sunday, and spoke to neighbour Jeff Stephens, who witnessed the aftermath of the crash.
The man told Stephens that the man’s sister had passed away.
According to Stephens, the Honda Civic appears to have been travelling north on No. 6 Road when the driver lost control. The light grey sedan, which may have had an N sticker on it, narrowly avoided going into one ditch, only to swerve into the oncoming lane and shear a hydro pole in half before flipping upside down in the other much-shallower and narrower ditch.
Stephens lives adjacent to the crash scene and witnessed the driver being extracted from the vehicle using the jaws of life.
Paramedics then spent about 10 minutes performing what appeared to be cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on her before she was rushed to hospital, Stephens said.
The 22-year-old passenger, who was the first to be removed from the crumpled wreck, tried to stand after she was pulled out but was then placed on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
“It sounded like something hit the house,” Stephens told The Sentinel about the sound that roused him from his sleep.
According to Stephens, a large bottle of wine, which was half full, was pulled from the vehicle and turned over to police.
Asked what he thought might have caused the crash, Stephens said the stretch of No. 6 Road in front of his house is a popular spot for speeders.
He noted that the grass was covered with frost early Monday morning when emergency crews arrived at the crash scene, and indication there may have been black ice on the roadway.
Stephens said that judging from tire tracks on the gravel shoulder and groove marks etched into the road, the Civic’s driver may have accidentally slid toward the wide ditch on the street’s east side, and then over corrected, and spun out of control toward his driveway, then striking the hydro pole, flipping upside down and landing in the ditch.
According to RCMP investigators, both speed and alcohol are considered factors in the crash.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Richmond RCMP’s Road Safety Unit at 604-278-1212.