Driver arrested after driving through fatal collision scene

Coquitlam, Information Wanted, Public Alert

2023-10-25 08:16 PDT

File # 2023-28245

Coquitlam RCMP is reminding the public to Slow Down, Move Over after a vehicle drives through a fatal motor vehicle collision crime scene.

On Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 10:21 a.m., Coquitlam RCMP frontline officers attended a serious two-vehicle collision at Coast Meridian Road and David Avenue in Coquitlam. A passenger in one of the vehicles has since succumbed to their injuries and a driver remains in hospital.

Coquitlam RCMP Investigative Support Team (IST) have assumed the on-going investigation.

Please see previous media release from October 19, 2023

While first responders were on scene for the collision, a red Dodge dart disregarded city road closure barricades and police crime scene tape to enter the collision site. The vehicle narrowly missed emergency personnel as they continued the collision investigation.

Police officers arrested a man and impounded his vehicle. No evidence was compromised by the vehicle as they entered the scene. The file is still under investigation.

Vehicle stopped in middle of police crime scene

View a larger photo - Vehicle stopped in middle of police crime scene

It is extremely fortunate that no one was injured while working within this cordon off crime scene, said Media Relations Officer, Corporal Alexa Hodgins. We want to remind the public to slow down and move over for emergency services as well as obey road closure signs. This provides all roadside workers and emergency personnel greater protection from accident and injury.

To learn more, visit Slow Down, Move Over.

Anyone with information for the fatal collision and / or the vehicle who drove through the crime scene are asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.

Released by

Cpl. Alexa Hodgins
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)

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