Whistler RCMP impounded two cars after receiving a complaint that two drivers were street racing on Blackcomb Way on July 24, getting into an accident near Nancy Greene Drive to avoid a cyclist.
"This is the second incident of novice drivers involved in street racing in the Lower Mainland District in less than 24 hours," said Sgt. Peter Thiessen, senior spokesperson for the Lower Mainland District RCMP. "This incident could have easily resulted in serious injury or death." Police impounded both vehicles for seven days and charged both drivers.
The accident happened when the vehicles, operated by 17-year-old novice drivers, were unable to stop at the stop sign. With a cyclist in the intersection the drivers swerved. One vehicle, a 2009 Mazda 3, was able to stop in time. The other vehicle, a 1995 Ford Explorer, struck a boulder and became high centred.
The driver was able to dislodge the vehicle and both drivers attempted to flee. Several witnesses prevented the suspects from driving away before police arrived.
A Whistler RCMP investigation revealed that the drivers are employed together. Both had departed work, leaving a parking lot a short distance away. One of the vehicles pulled across a double solid line beside the lead vehicle and started to race.
The Mazda was driven by a 17-year-old Whistler resident with a Class 7 New Driver "N". He has one previous conviction for speeding in May 2012 and is charged with Drive without Consideration for others on the Roadway. The fine is $196. The driver is the registered owner.
The Ford Explorer was driven by a 17-year-old Vancouver resident temporarily residing in Whistler with a Class 7 New Driver "N". He is charged with Drive Without Due Care and Attention and faces a $368 fine. The vehicle is registered to the driver's mother.
The cyclist who was in the crosswalk departed before police arrived. Police are hoping to speak to the cyclist and ask that anyone who may have information regarding this incident contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044.
RCMP seeking help identifying vehicle
The Whistler RCMP are asking for the public's help in identifying a vehicle that attempted to pass another vehicle over the double yellow line and forced it into the ditch on the side of the Sea to Sky Highway.
The RCMP received a call at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24 regarding a vehicle in the ditch between the north and south entrances to Emerald Estates. The police attended and interviewed the driver, who said he had moved over towards the shoulder as a pickup truck was attempting an illegal pass. They were driving southbound at the time.
When a vehicle appeared in the northbound lane, the vehicle was forced to move over even more to avoid the pickup and ended up in the ditch. There were no injuries reported by police, but RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in locating the suspect. They would also like to talk to the driver of the northbound vehicle.