Woman charged in crash that claimed teen's life in Surrey

Oct 26 2018, 11:59 pm

More than a year after a multi-car collision in Surrey claimed the life of a 17-year-old, police have laid charges related to the crash.

The incident itself took place at approximately 9 pm, along 64th Avenue on May 3 in Cloverdale, and numerous vehicles were involved, resulting in what police called a “chain reaction-style” collision.

According to police, a black Cadillac had been involved in a collision with a vehicle on 64th Avenue and 168th Street.

But the Cadillac didn’t stop at the scene, continuing instead eastbound along 64th Avenue eastbound.

Just before the intersection of 64th Avenue and 176th Street, the driver of the Cadillac struck the back of a grey Honda Prelude.

The impact pushed the Honda Prelude into the Shell gas station on the southwest corner, causing the Honda to hit a fuel pump.

Surrey fire crews, paramedics and RCMP officers attended to the scene.

The three people in the Honda were trapped as a result of the incident and had to be freed by firefighters.

All three were taken to hospital, with the male driver in critical condition, a female passenger in serious condition, and a male passenger suffering non-life threatening injuries. The female passenger would succumb to her injuries.

The 22-year-old female driver of the Cadillac – a Surrey resident – was located at the scene of the second collision and detained.

Now, following what they called a “complex” investigation, police announced that Rituraj Kaur Grewal of Surrey, has been charged with criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle causing death, criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.

The charges were sworn and an arrest warrant was issued on Monday, October 22, 2018. Grewal appeared on Tuesday, October 23, and was released on conditions. Her next scheduled court date is November 13, 2018.

“This was a tragic incident that claimed the life of a promising young athlete in our community and injured another person,” says Cpl Elenore Sturko. “The Surrey RCMP continues its priority of road safety in our community by way of enforcement, education and prevention.”

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