A family pet sustained life threatening injuries when the vehicle it was travelling in collided with another vehicle causing airbags to deploy and strike the animal.
The accident took place at approximately 4 pm on Thursday September 1st, at the intersection of Wilgress and Northfield Road.
There were no reported injuries to the drivers or passengers involved in the accident.
The small lap dog remains in critical condition with significant internal injuries.
“While neither the driver nor passengers were injured, a family pet was seriously injured in circumstances that could have been avoided, ” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
“Pets should never be allowed to sit on driver’s laps. It can lead to the driver becoming distracted and puts the animal in harm’s way.”
A 45 year old male was driving a Toyota Tundra with his dog and a female as passengers.
Investigators determined the Tundra, traveling on Wilgress, collided with a Ford Ranger driven by a 21-year old male, who was travelling westbound on Northfield Rd.
Investigators believe the driver of the Tundra failed to yield when turning onto Northfield Rd.
The injured dog was sitting on the drivers lap when the vehicles collided.
The driver of the Tundra was issued with a violation ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for Fail to Yield after a stop.