Unlicenced driver charged with five offences following Colwood crash

Unlicenced driver charged with five offences following Colwood crash
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The driver of the Toyota Corolla has been charged with five offences following the crash on Nov. 20, 2023.

A crash that snarled traffic in Colwood on Monday morning was the result of a number of alleged dangerous driving offences, according to West Shore RCMP.

Around 6:30 a.m., officers were called to the 1900 block of Sooke Road after a 2015 Toyota Corolla was stuck under the trailer of a delivery truck.

After the crash, the 42-year-old male driver of the Toyota Corolla fled the scene and left behind his 30-year-old female passenger, who sustained minor injuries.

When officers located the man, he was arrested for flight from police, fail to remain at the scene of a collision and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

The man was also an unlicenced driver so on top of five charges, his car has been impounded for seven days.

He is facing charges of having open liquor in a motor vehicle, fail to render assistance (to his passenger), fail to exchange information, speeding and changing lanes over a solid line.

Despite having open liquor, the man is not facing impaired driving charges, because he left the scene of the crash and was found later so police are unable to determine if he was impaired at the time of the crash, according to RCMP.

The fines for these offences amount to just over $1,200, according to RCMP. The man has been released with an undertaking and a court date in February 2024.

“This was a serious collision in which the driver and passenger are lucky to be alive as the vehicle was fully trapped underneath a trailer. Traffic was affected in the area as the lanes were shut down for a short period of time while crews worked the scene,” said Cpl. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP media relations officer.

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