Driver charged in last year’s fatal wedding crash in West Vancouver

CHARGES have now been laid in relation to a fatal car crash on August 20, 2022, in West Vancouver, that resulted in the death of two females in their 60s and injured seven people, West Vancouver announced on Tuesday..

A 64-year-old West Vancouver resident, Hong Xu, has been charged with “drive a motor vehicle without due care and attention.”

West Vancouver Police said they conducted a thorough investigation into the incident and forwarded the information to Crown Counsel. Crown Counsel made a determination on the appropriate charge given the evidence and circumstances of the incident.

“Our officers and victim services have been in contact with the victims and their families throughout this investigation to provide them with support and updates” said Constable Nicole Braithwaite.

West Vancouver Police said they will not be commenting on this incident any further as the matter is now before the courts.

On August 20, 2022, at 6:10 p.m., West Vancouver Police, West Vancouver Fire and Rescue, along with BC Emergency Health Services attended the 400-block of Keith Road, for a report of a collision that involved multiple injuries.

The driver, a female in her 60s, was leaving her residence by way of a shared driveway when she collided with a group of individuals who were attending a wedding at the adjacent property.

Despite the efforts of witnesses and emergency services who attempted to render lifesaving assistance, two females in their 60s were pronounced deceased at the scene. Another seven individuals including the driver were sent to the hospital, two with life-altering injuries.