August 25, 2014 2:15 am
Updated: August 26, 2014 2:48 am

Speed, alcohol believed to be factors in serious West Vancouver crash

Police believe speed and alcohol may have played a role in a serious crash in West Vancouver Saturday night.

It happened shortly after 8 p.m. in the 3100 block of Marine Drive.

Witnesses say a black sedan going eastbound at high speed crossed into the oncoming lane to pass other vehicles.

It then lost control and collided with another eastbound car.

There were two young children, two boys aged five and nine, in the back seat of the suspect car. None of them was seriously hurt.

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The passenger in the other car was taken to hospital for neck pain and later released.

Both cars suffered extensive damage, estimated to be in excess of $200,000.

The driver of the sedan was detained for impaired driving.

The 48-year-old man was issued an immediate 24-hour driving prohibition and a three-month administrative driving prohibition.

Cst. Jeff Palmer with West Vancouver police says they are concerned about the behavior of the driver and the safety of the children at the back of the car.

“Part of the investigation is focused on whether or not the children were appropriately secured,” says Palmer.

Charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm will be recommended against the driver, whose next court appearance is scheduled for December 17.

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