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New Westminster woman injured in Kingsway-Imperial crash dies
A woman seriously injured when her sedan was struck by a pickup truck at Kingsway and Imperial Street in early October has died.
The crash happened on the morning of Oct. 2 and at the time, it appeared the male driver of the truck may have made an illegal left turn, Burnaby RCMP Staff Sgt. Major John Buis said at the time.
There are no left turns allowed at that intersection and the force of the impact drove the car underneath the truck. Firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to get the woman out.
The woman, a 35-year-old New Westminster resident, was taken to hospital with broken legs and ribs, injuries that were considered non-life-threatening, Buis said Wednesday.
After spending about two weeks in hospital, she was released and sent home to recover from her leg injuries. Some time afterwards, she returned to hospital due to a medical emergency and was pronounced dead Oct. 27, he said.
Burnaby RCMP will be assisting the B.C. Coroner's office which will be investigating to determine the exact cause of death. Buis said police will not be releasing the woman's name.
As for the pickup driver, a man in his 20s, he was served with a ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving without due care and attention, Buis said. He faces a fine and points on his licence.
"Based on the evidence before us at the time of the collision, there was enough evidence to charge under the Motor Vehicle Act," he said.
"That's not to say it can't be reviewed by someone, such as Crown counsel, if more evidence comes forward, or if someone determines that was not sufficient."
That will depend partly on the findings of the coroner's investigation, he said.
There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.