A single-vehicle car crash took the life of a 17-year-old boy over the weekend, according to police.
Constable Kevin Goodmurphy, spokesperson of the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD), says that the crash occurred on Saturday, January 11, just after 4 am.
Police, as well as fire and ambulance crews, attended the 6300 blocks of Marine Drive after receiving a report of a collision.
Upon arrival, police officers say they found a 2002 BMW that crashed into a hydro pole.
The car sustained “extensive damage,” and the driver, a 17-year-old male from North Vancouver, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 19-year-old female from North Vancouver, the lone passenger of the vehicle, was also found at the scene. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A statement from WVPD says that early indications point to speed being a factor in the collision. It’s also noted that it was raining at the time and road conditions were wet.
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A final determination as to what caused the crash will not be available until the investigation is completed.
“All of us here at West Vancouver Police offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased boy,” says Goodmurphy. “The loss of a young person is especially devastating to a community.”
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or factors leading up to it, is asked to contact West Vancouver Police and reference file #20-386.