Cops check report of Surrey street racing in serious pedestrian crash
SURREY, B.C. – An elderly man woman waiting at a bust stop is in serious condition in hospital after she was struck by a Corvette that veered out of control.
Police are examining the possibility there were two Corvettes engaged in street racing when one smashed into a Honda going south on 128th Street on Thursday evening.
“It was found that an eastbound black Corvette on 72nd Avenue had clipped a 128th Street southbound Honda car in the intersection,” Staff-Sgt. Dave Peat said.
“The Corvette then apparently veered out of control, striking a pedestrian at a bus stop on 72nd Avenue,” he said.
The 83-year-old victim, a resident of Surrey, was transported to Royal Columbian Hospital with serious injuries. A police officer interviewed early Friday said the man’s injuries were mostly to the lower portion of the body.
Police suspicions of street racing as the cause of the accident was aroused by reports from citizens that two Corvettes were driving side-by-side seconds before the crash. Both were eastbound on 72nd Avenue.
“Witnesses to the incident report seeing a yellow sports car, possibly a Corvette, speeding eastbound on 72nd Avenue just before the collision,” said Peat.
“The yellow vehicle did not stop. The black Corvette was reportedly traveling beside this vehicle. Police are looking at speed as a contributing factor in the collision,” he said.
Police took the 25-year-old man who was driving the black Corvette into custody. He is a resident of Surrey and is being questioned.
The investigation is being conducted by the Surrey RCMP’s Criminal Collisions Unit, indicating that there may be some criminal liability in the crash
Police are asking anyone who may have seen the Corvette earlier along with the yellow vehicle or anyone who witnessed the accident to come forward to assist.