A 22-year-old man is facing impaired driving charges after a crash that killed a 21-year-old man in March.
Police said on Aug. 14, B.C. Crown Counsel office approved several charges related to the single-vehicle crash, which happened on the morning of March 28 in the Willow Point area. The 21-year-old man who died was a passenger in the vehicle.
Three charges have been approved against Griffin Lee Grant, the driver of the vehicle, police said. The charges are dangerous driving causing death, impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death and impaired operation of a vehicle causing death when two hours after the incident blood alcohol concentrations still exceeded 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.
“This incident was tragic on so many levels, yet so easily preventable,” Const. Maury Tyre, media relations officer with Campbell River RCMP said in a statement.
“It’s important in situations like these that people are held to account for the actions they took. As sad as the scenario is, it’s also a stark reminder and a chance to educate on the perils of drinking and driving and excessive speeds. I hope that everyone can look at this case as a warning for what can happen when you get behind a wheel while intoxicated. There simply is no excuse for the harm it causes. Being the driver of a vehicle means that you are responsible for your vehicle, the well being of the passengers in it, and every other person and vehicle on the road; that’s why driving is a privilege in our society not a right.”
Anyone who sees an impaired driver on the road is asked to call 911.