Two injured in alleged street race in Cloverdale

Charges being considered against one driver; police looking for older-model SUV.



Two people are lucky to be alive after a the driver of a Mazda went airborne and crushed the top of an oncoming car this week in Cloverdale.

On Wednesday just before 3 p.m., police believe a Mazda 3 and an older model Sports Utility Vehicle were street racing northbound on 176 Street, just south of Highway 10.

Just before the Roger Pierlet Bridge, the Mazda lost control, went airborne, cleared the median and landed on top of an oncoming Chevy Blazer, crushing the roof of the vehicle.

Both the 59-year-old Surrey man in the Blazer and the 24-year-old Mazda driver from Delta were taken by ambulance to hospital and remain there with serious injuries.

Charges are being considered against the driver of the Mazda 3, including dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

Charges of street racing could be looked at in the future, police say.

Police are still looking for an older-model SUV that may have been involved in the alleged street racing.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Drew Grainger said drivers need to start behaving more responsibly.

“As nicer weather brings more drivers and pedestrians to our roadways, the same message still applies,” Grainger said Thursday. “Slow down and use your road sense. Driving recklessly not only puts yourself at risk of serious injury, but also innocent people around you. The outcome in this incident could have been much worse. Due to the nature of this collision, those that were involved were very lucky.”

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

kdiakiw@surreyleader.com

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