Accident at a wedding: the motorist is in hospital, the police are investigating

Wedding accident: Motorist in hospital, police investigating

A West Vancouver police cruiser drives past the property where the accident took place on Saturday. (Archives)

Police say the driver of an SUV that hit several people and killed two people at a wedding party in West Vancouver on Saturday remains in hospital. Investigators are looking into whether speeding or a medical incident was involved in the crash.

West Vancouver Police Constable Nicole Braithwaite called the scene a the incident, which occurred in the 400 block of Keith Street, chaotic, at a press conference on Monday.

She said two women in their 60s were pronounced dead at the scene and seven people were taken to hospital, two of them in critical condition.

Among those taken to hospital include the driver of the 2016 Range Rover who hit several people during the celebration. Nicole Braithwaite says her condition is not known.

The officer explains that the driver, also in her 60s, was leaving her home via a driveway shared with the property where the wedding party was taking place at around 6:10 p.m. when the accident occurred.

Corporal Dave Noon, Integrated Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Services, said officers will seek a warrant for the black box that records vehicle data while x27;they are trying to determine the circumstances of the accident and whether charges will be recommended.

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We don't have an answer yet on what happened, says Dave Noon during the press conference, although speed and a possible medical issue are both considered. He added that investigators are helping West Vancouver police compile a full report that could be provided to the Crown.

According to Nicole Braithwaite, the accident is an absolute tragedy and the whole community is affected.

“This is a difficult time for the families of the victims, the witnesses, the driver involved and all the relief workers who attended this event.

— Nicole Braithwaite, Constable, West Vancouver Police

B.C. Emergency Health Services said 12 units, including 11 ambulances ground forces and an air ambulance, were dispatched to the scene.

On Sunday, British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) said 10 people had been transported to the hospital. Nicole Braithwaite did not explain during the press conference the discrepancy between the figures.

Later in the day, the BCEHS explained that there had been an error reported to his communications team and confirmed the figure of nine people taken to hospital.

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