Adam Shtay, 27, of Edmonton and Joshua Dally, 31, of Surrey have been charged with one count each of dangerous operation of motor vehicle while street racing.
The charges stem from an incident on December 22 in which Surrey RCMP were notified of a motor vehicle collision on Highway 99 near 32nd Avenue in Surrey. Officers arrived to find Surrey Fire Services extinguishing a vehicle fire involving a 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago. The vehicle’s occupants including the driver, Sytay, were standing nearby unhurt. Another vehicle, a 2013 Dodge Viper, and its occupants and driver, dally, were also standing nearby speaking to the first vehicle’s occupants. Witnesses described the two vehicles travelling at excessive speeds before the crash occurred.
Surrey RCMP General Duty officers immediately commenced an investigation and recommended criminal charges against both drivers to Crown Counsel. Officers relied on a combination of physical evidence left at the scene, forensic collision reconstructionist reports, mechanical inspections, and various witness statements as well as dash-cam video to advance their investigation.
During the course of their investigation, officers learned that the vehicles reached speeds up to 157 km/h. Police officers have requested forfeiture of these vehicles as offence related property upon conviction of criminal charges.
“Surrey RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance in helping advance this investigation,” said Surrey RCMP Sgt. Dale Carr. “Luckily no one was seriously injured, however, the consequences of such a high speed collision on a major arterial roadway in our city could have been catastrophic.”