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Burnaby man killed in viaduct crash

A 22-year-old Burnaby man was killed after a crash early Friday on the Georgia Viaduct in Vancouver.

Just before 3 a.m. a BMW car was heading east on the viaduct when it left the road, hitting a tree and pole before flipping over, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

There were four men in the car at the time. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene while three others, between the ages of 20 and 24, were taken to hospital with serious and life-threatening injuries.

VPD Const. Brian Montague said by email that police would not be releasing the name of the crash victim.

"Other than homicide cases, we very rarely identify the victims in our investigations. While we know that speed is a factor, there is no evidence at this time to support any theories that the BMW was street racing."

The man killed in the crash was identified in media reports as Mwekwa Kaongwa, an international student from Zambia. He had been studying engineering at Simon Fraser University.

Anyone that witnessed the crash and has not spoken with police is asked to call the VPD Collision Investigation Unit at 604-717-3012.

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