VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A driver accused of going of 250 kilometres an hour before crashing in a residential Vancouver neighbourhood nearly a year ago has been charged.
The accused was driving his 17-year-old passenger, an acquaintance, from Richmond back home to Vancouver, when at 57th Avenue and Southwest Marine Drive, he lost control and crashed onto the property of a home.
Vancouver Police Constable Brian Montague says it took an hour before the pair was found.
“This is a fairly remote part of Vancouver. The houses are very large and the properties are very large. ”
Montague has been an officer for more than two decades and is amazed no one else was hurt.
“We are very lucky, I think, that we didn’t pull two dead bodies out of this vehicle. Clearly he’s not thinking. We have someone behind the wheel of a car who has total disregard for others using the road and for his passenger. There’s nothing other than stupidity that I can use to explain his driving at that time.”
(…)The passenger suffered serious injuries including several fractured facial bones, brain swelling and possible eye damage.
The 19-year-old driver, a Chinese national, left the country after the crash but returned to Vancouver for a citizenship ceremony last week.
“Whether or not he knew there was a warrant out for his arrest, I’m not sure,” adds Montague, who points out the accused missed the ceremony.
Yue Hui Wang has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He has been released from custody until his next court appearance.
He has had his passport revoked and isn’t allowed to drive.