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UBC resident dies in high-speed crash in rented car

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This story came up on my smart car alert. When it said car2go I assumed it was a smart car that was involved - wrong!

It's a tragic story, but is a good reminder that travelling at excessive speeds can have dire consequences.


Times Colonist

/ The Province

March 4, 2018


A 21-year-old University of British Columbia resident is dead following a dramatic car crash early Sunday in Vancouver’s west side.

Just before 1 a.m., a Car 2 Go Mercedes sedan was eastbound on West 16th Avenue near Discovery Street when the driver lost control, veered off the road and smashed into several nearby trees. The vehicle flipped and came to stop on its roof, trapping the sole occupant inside.

Those at the scene reported seeing pieces of the vehicle – including the engine – strewn up to 100 feet away from the car’s chassis.

The driver died at the scene. It is the city’s second fatal collision of the year.

Mayuko Peerless lives on the north side of West 16th and said she heard the sound of the “horrifying” crash first.

“Oh, I heard it. It was a horrible boom and it just sounded like a million Christmas ornaments breaking,” she told Postmedia. “The engine ended up 20 feet from it and it was on fire.”

Peerless said she then rushed outside with her cell phone and called 9-1-1 when she saw an “upside-down car and parts everywhere.” Another person wearing a first responder T-shirt was on scene and assisting the driver while Peerless was on the phone with a dispatcher.

“It sheared a tree, it landed on a boulder upside down – it was just mangled,” she said of the vehicle. “I heard the poor kid trying to breathe – it was the most awful sound.”

It’s not the first accident Peerless has witnessed at the intersection of 16th and Discovery. There are two lanes headed west and two others headed east on 16th, with an intersecting road that crosses the median and curves into Pacific Spirit Regional Park. A slight hill and incline sends eastbound vehicles into the intersection with momentum, which Peerless suggests might contribute to speed and could be part of the problem.

“I’ve emailed my MLA numerous times to do something about this corner. I can’t even count how many times I’ve had to run out there in my pyjamas, on the phone to 9-1-1,” she said. “I don’t know what it is about that corner. They do do radar during the day and I know they can’t be there 24/7 but I’m thinking even lights would help, maybe a big roundabout.”

Collision investigators remained on scene early Sunday morning to examine the crash site though early indications are that speed was a factor. West 16th between Trimble and Courtenay streets remained closed during the morning.

Car 2 Go is a car-share service in which members can book and sign-in to shared vehicles located around the city with the use of a mobile app. The service offers the use of Smart Cars and a number of Mercedes Benz vehicles.


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Brutal. I'll be interested to know what investigators estimate the speed to be, if the engine ended up 30 metres away.


It looks like there's a sharp but gradual downhill starting about a block before where the crash took place. If I were to guess, I'd say the driver was going too fast, likely caught a bit of air (possibly deliberately), didn't land squarely, skidded, then overcorrected.


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The corner is not the problem, it's the shit drivers who think they're invincible in a Mercedes.

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I’m not even sure what “corner” the person on the scene is talking about, unless it’s the road coming out of the park… the report says the car was eastbound on 16th, which is dead straight, and it seems that’s the stretch of road involved. 

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