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Charges laid in Highway 99 accident that took life of limo driver near Whistler

First court appearance set for December



A 20-year-old Calgary man is facing charges of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death regarding a Jan. 28 accident that killed 54-year-old limo driver Shafiqur Rahman of Delta.

The suspect, Jacob Mitzimberg, was driving northbound in his pickup truck when he crossed the centre line just south of the intersection at Function Junction and struck the limo head-on. The limo driver was trapped inside the vehicle and died as a result of injuries.

The police report alleges that the driver, who was 19 at the time of the accident, was impaired by drugs. Court documents obtained by CBC news after the accident reported that the driver may have been on LSD and drinking when the accident occurred. The man, who was not injured in the crash, also allegedly told RCMP that there were explosives in his truck, which is one of the reasons that all three lanes of the highway were closed for almost 10 hours.

"This investigation, involving the RCMP's Sea to Sky Traffic Services and North Fraser Criminal Collision Investigation Team, has included more than 50 police officers and has spanned two provinces," said Sergeant Peter Thiessen, speaking for the Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service.

Mitzimberg will make his first court appearance on Dec. 5 in North Vancouver.

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