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Burnaby man killed in Canada Way crash

An RCMP accident investigator takes measurements at the scene of a fatal collision between an SUV and car on Canada Way and Rayside on Tuesday morning. The collision closed Canada Way for several hours. - MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER
An RCMP accident investigator takes measurements at the scene of a fatal collision between an SUV and car on Canada Way and Rayside on Tuesday morning. The collision closed Canada Way for several hours.
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A 57-year-old Burnaby man is dead after a crash on Canada Way early Tuesday morning, say Burnaby RCMP.

An older white GMC Jimmy SUV was being driven northwest in the curb lane, down the hill on Canada Way from Burris, just before 6 a.m. when it struck a car at Rayside Street, said Sgt. Dave Bell of Burnaby RCMP Traffic Services.

The car, a black Mazda MX3 two-door coupe, "pulled out from the stop sign and made a left-hand turn in front of the Jimmy to go up the hill towards Burris," said Bell.

"We don't know why he pulled out, we don't even know if he stopped at the stop sign initially, but all the driver could tell us was that this black Mazda came out from the side street right in front of him and was too close to be able to stop."

The driver of the Mazda was struck in the driver's door and both vehicles ended up on the west side of Canada Way on the sidewalk and against a fence.

The Mazda driver had already gone into cardiac arrest when paramedics rushed him to Royal Columbian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards, Bell said.

He was a 57-year-old man who lived not too far from the crash site. Police are not releasing his name pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of the SUV was taken to hospital but did not receive any serious injuries.

An independent witness was also able to provide information to the police. "He actually was almost involved in it himself but managed to avoid it," Bell said.

Canada Way has seen its share of accidents.

"That stretch along Canada Way coming down from Imperial, around the Burris area, yeah, accidents are very common," he said, noting speed is always a concern on that street due to the fact it's an arterial road and includes a very steep incline.

In this case, police do not believe speed was a factor just because of the way it happened, and no charges are anticipated, but the investigation is continuing.

Police closed the busy thoroughfare to traffic right through the Tuesday morning rush hour, from 6 a.m. until about 10:30 a.m.

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