21-year-old facing impaired driving charges following fatal collision

Edmonton – Police say alcohol and excessive speed were factors in a fatal crash near Whyte Avenue Friday morning.

The collision happened at about 12:30 Friday morning in the Garneau neighbourhood. An SUV was allegedly travelling the wrong way on 83 Avenue at an excessive speed when it crossed four lanes of traffic on 109 Street and hit a car.

Emergency crews used the Jaws Of Life to remove two people from the car. The male driver died on scene. A female passenger was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the SUV was also treated in hospital for non-life threatening injures, released from hospital, then arrested.

Twenty-one-year-old Tyhler Keith is facing a number of charges, including impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

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Acting Inspector Erik Johnson with the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) says some Edmonton drivers continue to get behind the wheel while intoxicated despite all of the messages regarding the dangers of drinking and driving.

“We have another big night tomorrow (Friday) when we think we’re going to see more adults out at parties. Just please take a taxi or have a designated driver, because this is happening far too often in our city.”

Police say several people witnessed the crash and rushed over to help.

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is asking those who witnessed the collision but didn’t speak to officers at the scene to call the EPS non-emergency line at 780-423-4567.

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