The driver of a 2011 BMW X6 who was estimated to be driving at a speed of up to 200 kilometres an hour on the Trans-Canada Highway in Langford crashed into another vehicle, severely damaging both cars.
West Shore RCMP say officers were called to the area around 7:40 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the northbound lane just south of Leigh Road. The northbound lanes were closed for around an hour for crews to clear the scene.
According to police, the 31-year-old driver of the BMW lost control while travelling at an estimated speed of 180 to 200 km/h, striking a 2018 Hyundai Elantra.
The BMW then slid for around 500 yards and crashed into the median concrete barrier, with both vehicles sustaining major damage though somehow, everyone involved escaped without life-threatening injuries.
“The passengers of the Elantra were taken to hospital via BC Emergency Health Services to be assessed for their injuries,” Cpl. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer, said in a news release. “Remarkably, there were no life-threatening injuries reported by either party. The driver of the BMW was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for excessive speeding.”
Excessive speeding comes with a fine of $368 and three points on a driver’s licence. The BMW was impounded for seven days.
Three points does not come with any additional charges for car insurance by ICBC. Once a driver has four or more points, charges apply. Four points comes with an additional fee of $214 and charges increase it to 50 or more points for a fee of $29,376.
Between 2017 and 2021 there were 114 crashes at the Leigh Road and Trans-Canada Highway, according to ICBC’s Vancouver Island crash statistics page.
Those crash statistics at the intersection include the Leigh Road on- and off-ramps and the Leigh Road overpass.