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One woman dead in fatal crash on Burnaby Mountain

A 20-year-old woman is dead following a crash near SFU on Tuesday night. - Ryan Stelting photo
A 20-year-old woman is dead following a crash near SFU on Tuesday night.
— image credit: Ryan Stelting photo

A 20-year-old Port Coquitlam woman is dead after a car went off-road in a single-vehicle accident on Burnaby Mountain Tuesday evening.

The 20-year-old West Vancouver man driving the car was a prohibited driver, said Burnaby RCMP Corp. Brenda Gresiuk.

"It's still very early in the investigation, but we are anticipating charges."

Just before 7 p.m. Tuesday the 2010 black Mazda 3 was heading downhill from Simon Fraser University when it went off the road near University Drive and Gaglardi Way.

A witness said the car left the road and rolled over into a ditch, taking out a tree. The occupants had to be cut out with the Jaws of Life before being taken to hospital.

Gresiuk said the Port Coquitlam woman died of her injuries at the scene. Two other male passengers, from Coquitlam and Delta, both 20, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

She said police have not yet determined the cause of the crash but their investigation will look into whether alcohol, speed or road conditions were factors.

Speed has been identified as a contributing factor in a number of other collisions on the steep stretch of road, including a Nov. 17 crash that claimed the life of a 22-year-old West Vancouver man.

In response, Burnaby RCMP worked with Burnaby city hall to build a pullout on University Drive where traffic officers could safely do speed enforcement and pull over vehicles. The pullout was completed last month and is already in use, Gresiuk said.

ICBC is also in the process of installing a speed reader on the road to raise awareness of how fast motorists are driving in the area, which has a 50 km/h speed limit, she said.

Any witnesses who may have seen the crash or seen the car being driven before the incident is asked to call Const.Gillis at 604-294-5185.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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