A very serious collision in the intersection of 152 Street and Highway 10 on Friday night is the second head-on collision, and third case of suspected impairment by hard drugs in the same week in Surrey.
“These incidents could easily have had tragic consequences for the drug users and for the other members of the public using the roadway,” said Sgt. Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer. “If you are a drug user, we strongly urge you not to drive, and we encourage you to seek help if you have an addiction.”
The collision on January 29 occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. in one of Surrey’s busiest intersections. Early indications are that a drug-impaired driver, drove their jeep through the intersection and into on-coming traffic.
An off-duty RCMP officer was in the area and attended to the jeep driver who was unresponsive and in cardiac distress, suffering a possible drug overdose. Paramedics also quickly attended and the man was administered Narcan. He survived and was transported to the hospital. No other serious injuries were reported as a result of the collision.
Investigating officers located other indications of drug use during the investigation, including drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The driver of the jeep has been arrested for impaired driving. Charges have not yet been laid.
The Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team has taken conduct of this investigation and is asking any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police or anyone with dash-cam video to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.