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Too fast, too furious: Young B.C. driver causes $50K in damage in failed ‘drifting’ attempt

A failed attempt at stunt driving in West Vancouver, Wednesday, left a young driver in hospital and facing a fine and an ICBC headache. West Vancouver police

Things got a little too fast and too furious for a young B.C. driver, who racked up about $50,000 in damage and ended up in hospital after a failed attempt to “drift” a hairpin turn in West Vancouver.

It happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday, at the lowest hairpin turn on Cypress Bowl Road, according to West Vancouver police.

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The 20-year-old, who was driving a 2018 BMW 4401 sedan westbound towards the corner at a speed of between 120 and 140 km/h, police said.

He was attempting a stunt maneuver known as “drifting” — essentially exercising a controlled sideways skid around a tight turn, according to police.

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“The driver immediately lost control and skidded across oncoming lanes of traffic, striking a rock face, before colliding with a parked and unoccupied Mercedes SUV,” Const. Kevin Goodmurphy said in a media release.

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“The actions taken by this driver not only put themselves at risk but others on the road. Stunt driving belongs at a sanctioned event, on a closed track, not on our public roads.”

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The driver, who had a class 7 learner’s licence, and two passengers were taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

He was also handed a $368 ticket for driving without due care and attention.

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