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Old 05-09-2013, 10:31 AM   #51
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[9:35:46 AM] eye witness account - "I was right there at that corner when it happened. The Austin Martin never slowed down and hit the stopped cars at over 100km/h. Don't know what the driver was doing, but I never saw anything like it and feel lucky to be alive, and really sad for all the people badly hurt and injured by this stupid stupid"
That's pretty odd. Perhaps another case of some medical issue causing him to black out or something?
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do people not read nowadays or what the five involved cars were the aston, the glk, the ford escape, the minivan in the ditch and the white ford e250 box truck. you can see it beside the three crumpled cars in some photos. very minor damage to the e250 from where i was standing
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makes me wonder how that minivan ended up in the ditch... unless it got hit really really hard.
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Minivan would be the only car in the right lane and when it got hit they weren't on their brakes so car slid forward into The ditch. Glk, escape and the cargo van should a been on the left lane.
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Aston was supposedly doing 200, looks the woman in the GLK was innocent. So sad, I hope the driver of the Aston gets charged, jailed and get financially wiped out.

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The licence plate on the luxury sports car a witness says was responsible for Wednesday's deadly multi-vehicle pile-up on Westminster Highway at Knight Street spoke volumes: 007-KMP.

The driver of the $200,000 Aston Martin DB9 Volante was driving much like fictional British superspy 007 when she ran one redlight as he was westbound on Westminster Highway, narrowly missing a vehicle at No. 6 Road, before heading towards his fate a block to the west.

And with Richmond Mounties saying just minutes after the collision that speed—and specifically KiloMetres Per hour—was a factor, one witness reached by The Richmond Review Thursday morning estimated the rare convertible was going in the neighbourhood of 200 kilometres per hour when it set off a chain-collision, involving a white Mercedes Benz sedan, a Chrysler, and a Ford Escape, among other vehicles. The Chrysler, possibly a Pacifica, was hurtled some 100 metres into a ditch, its rear end completely caved in and left a smoking ruin.

Vancouver's Elizabeth Willis witnessed Wednesday afternoon's crash, which occurred around 3:30 p.m.

A flagger for Imperial Paving, Willis was part of a crew working on Westminster Highway, at No. 6 Road, a block east of the accident scene.

"I saw a car, I heard a car going extremely fast, 200 kilometers per hour, right through a red light, almost T-boned another vehicle, went straight through...and hit the cars sitting at the red light," she said, her voice breaking, as she walked on the scoured four-lane stretch of roadway that's currently being repaved. "It was only the one vehicle, racing through. We don't even know what kind of car it was, only that it was black."

Seconds later, after hearing what was apparently the Aston Martin's "roaring engine", she saw and heard the booming impact.

"Devastating. I saw the cars flying up in the air, and there was smoke, and I shut down the road immediately."

Within seconds, onlookers became Good Samaritans and sprang into action, helping out the victims.

One man pulled a woman from the crumpled remains of the Mercedes, which wound up on top of the Aston Martin and was missing its entire trunk.

Richmond photojournalist and Tandoori Raj Indian Restaurant owner Sukhwant Dhillon, was on his way home from his South Vancouver eatery when he came upon the carnage, which he said looked a like a war movie.

Dhillon works for The Link, an Indo-Canadian newspaper, and lives near the accident scene.

Even before emergency crews arrived, he said two crash victims had already been pulled from their vehicles, and were lying on the ground, metal, plastic and glass debris strewn everywhere.

He could see smoke coming from the Chrysler in the ditch, and said the collision must have been high-speed to hurtle the vehicle such a distance.

Dozens of people watched from the roadside as two people were taken into an air ambulance helicopter, and emergency crews rushed to extricate another victim from inside the Mercedes.

But before that person could be removed, the air ambulance departed, and emergency crews placed a plastic tarp over the body.

Richmond Mounties late Wednesday afternoon confirmed that one person was pronounced dead at the scene, and three others were either in serious or critical condition in hospital.

Dhillon spoke with the stunned driver of one car, who said he was simply stopped at the red light when the collision occurred.

Another victim was consoled by a paramedic as he pointed at the wreckage, and recounted what happened.

Late Thursday afternoon, Richmond Mounties announced a twist to the story.

The two people in the Aston Martin were women, and they were in their mid 40s. Both sustained life-threatening injuries but after surgery were listed in critical but stable condition.

Dead is a 44-year-old woman from Richmond.

Also recovering is the 30-year-old driver of another vehicle, who is also listed in critical but stable condition.

Only about 10 Aston Martin DB9s are sold annually in Canada, and the vehicle involved in the crash was the model sold between 2008 and 2011, according to someone familiar with these vehicles.
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fuck I'm just straight up disgusted by the Aston driver. Very irresponsible, hopefully she'll be paralyzed for life so that she can't do more harm than she already has.
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I tensed up in anger after I read the article. WHO in their right mind thinks it's okay to do 200 km/h in a suburb, even if it's semi-residential in that area? This wasn't even irresponsibility, it was complete disregard for the rules of the road.
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it's still too early to completely pass judgement imo. if you read the article clearly it says the aston ran a red at #6 and westmin first, narrowly missing a car, then CONTINUED hurtling right towards a construction zone, clearly marked with signs, cones, and unpaved gravel, and only came to a stop upon hitting 4 other cars?

unless she was trying to kill herself and her passenger i don't see how anybody would do that. driver error, medical condition, vehicle issues are also all possibilities, but driver negligance seems the least likely cause of this, especially if you look at the age of the driver

regardless this is sad as fuck. drive safe everybody, this one hit way too close to home for me
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Late Thursday afternoon, Richmond Mounties announced a twist to the story.

The two people in the Aston Martin were women, and they were in their mid 40s. Both sustained life-threatening injuries but after surgery were listed in critical but stable condition.
That's the twist? Damn did they really want another group of 18-20 year old boys driving the Aston Martin or something?

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Aston was supposedly doing 200, looks the woman in the GLK was innocent. So sad, I hope the driver of the Aston gets charged, jailed and get financially wiped out.
Too bad the fucking idiots in the Aston Martin didn't die.

It's sad when the innocent have their lives taken by some fucking morons.

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"Dead is a 44-year-old woman from Richmond."

someone lost a mother, a wife or a sister. the driver of the aston should be held criminally accountable and see jail time. not a suspended sentence, no community sentence, a 6x9 concrete cell for whatever the maximum penalty is



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it's still too early to completely pass judgement imo. if you read the article clearly it says the aston ran a red at #6 and westmin first, narrowly missing a car, then CONTINUED hurtling right towards a construction zone, clearly marked with signs, cones, and unpaved gravel, and only came to a stop upon hitting 4 other cars?


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unless she was trying to kill herself and her passenger i don't see how anybody would do that. driver error, medical condition, vehicle issues are also all possibilities, but driver negligance seems the least likely cause of this, especially if you look at the age of the driver


people do alot of stupid, crazy and unacceptable things. "unless she was trying to kill herself and her passenger i don't see how anybody would do that." my 'guess' is that the aston driver's intentions were not to commit vehicular suicide...

driver error? not sure how that one plays into this, i don't think its possible for someone to travel at over 3 times the speed limit and not be aware of the fact that they're doing it. sure, often times people go 10 or 20 over the speed limit while keeping with the flow of traffic, but seriously, ~200km/h and calling it driver error?

medical condition. i suppose that one might fly, who knows maybe the driver was having a stroke and hammered down on the gas. still, doesn't seem likely IMO.

vehicle issues causing the vehicle to accelerate uncontrollably? ok, plausible.

what does the age of the driver have to do with ones capacity to be negligent? people of all ages commit crimes, aging does not restrict the capacity to be stupid.


the only part i can really agree with you is the fact that its still early on in the investigation for people to jump to conclusions. although my "prediction" based on the information available, is that the driver of the vehicle WAS negligent, speeding with her vehicle and driving without due care, and caused the accident.
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i dont think the vehicle was actually going 200kmph.... how many times has someone stood by (stationary, not driving) and watched a car go by them at 200kmph? for the average person, probably never. someone just blurted out a number that in his/her mind was suitable for his/her definition of "really fast".
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if the two ladies in the aston survive, they better had a damn good reason for thi shit otherwise strip them of their cash and lock em up
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i dont think the vehicle was actually going 200kmph.... how many times has someone stood by (stationary, not driving) and watched a car go by them at 200kmph? for the average person, probably never. someone just blurted out a number that in his/her mind was suitable for his/her definition of "really fast".
Regardless of how fast the Aston was going, it caused someone innocent to lose their life, and several others to have to go through the pain of experiencing a serious, possibly traumatic motor vehicle accident.

I seriously do hope the driver of the Aston is charged, if she was indeed driving without due care and going at a high rate of speed (given that there wasn't any other sort of mechanical issues going on...)
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it's still too early to completely pass judgement imo. if you read the article clearly it says the aston ran a red at #6 and westmin first, narrowly missing a car, then CONTINUED hurtling right towards a construction zone, clearly marked with signs, cones, and unpaved gravel, and only came to a stop upon hitting 4 other cars?

unless she was trying to kill herself and her passenger i don't see how anybody would do that. driver error, medical condition, vehicle issues are also all possibilities, but driver negligance seems the least likely cause of this, especially if you look at the age of the driver

regardless this is sad as fuck. drive safe everybody, this one hit way too close to home for me
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Sunny day, straight open road and high end sports car, sounds like a prefect breeding ground to excessively speed.

And I can't tell you how many older folk I see speeding on a daily basis so I don't think driving experience nor age/gender make much of a different. Bottom line is the Aston was excessively speeding, caused a massive accident with cost the life of an innocent driver.
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Reading comprehension might be failing me, but is it written anywhere in the article(s) if the deceased victim was in the back seat in the GLK? Front passenger? Driver?

RIP to her, no chance if someone's hurtling toward you at insane speeds from any direction, if you're stopped at a red light.
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I can't wait for the response from the driver of the Aston.
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I don't agree that vehicle negligence is the least possible explanation, but kt has good points. It could've happened because of so many different factors. We've seen brakes malfunctioning and killing families in the past (remember that famous Lexus incident where the brakes didn't work so entire family died? Hyundai cars went through similar stuff in Korea, proven by dashcams). Or it could have been due to medical issues like that recent event in Surrey (though it hasn't been quite proven yet). Like he said it's too early to judge at this point. But anyways, if the accident really was caused by negligence, it's a real shame natural selection didn't kick in on the Aston driver.
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...We've seen brakes malfunctioning and killing families in the past (remember that famous Lexus incident where the brakes didn't work so entire family died?...
it was actually a case of unintended acceleration.

the brakes were functioning fine, just that the engine over powered the capacity for the brakes to stop the vehicle.

dont want to hijack the tread but... one has to wonder why the driver of that lexus didnt shift the vehicle into neutral and kill the motor. the driver was a california state trooper who would have been trained for highspeed vehicle maneuvering and trained to operate under pressure.
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The driver that caused the surrey accident last week got it easy, he died in hospital.

I hope the Aston's driver recovers so that the families of the deceased and the injured can see justice.
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