Lions Gate crash driver charged with using electronic device

The driver in a crash that closed Metro Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge in December is being charged for using an electronic device just before the crash, and for driving without due care and attention.

28-year-old North Vancouver man has been charged with using an electronic device while driving

The head-on collision on the Lions Gate Bridge on Dec. 3 shut down traffic in both directions during the morning rush hour for an hour and a half. (CBC)

The driver in a crash that closed Metro Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge in December is being charged for using an electronic device just before the crash, and for driving without due care and attention.

West Vancouver police say after examining cell phone records they found no evidence the 28-year-old North Vancouver man was on the phone at the moment his car crossed the centre-line and collided head-on with an oncoming SUV.

But police say they did find evidence that the driver was using a handheld electronic device moments earlier when he entered the Stanley Park Causeway enroute to the bridge.

The man's sedan collided head-on with a southbound SUV shortly after 8 a.m. PT Dec. 3. West Vancouver Fire and Rescue had to use the Jaws of Life to remove the driver from his vehicle, while the bridge was shut down for an hour and half.

The man was taken to Lions Gate Hospital where he is still recovering from his injuries, according to police. The husband and wife in the southbound SUV were both taken to hospital as a precaution, but were not reportedly injured in the crash.

Police say they have ruled out intoxication, speed and road conditions as contributing factors in the crash.

The man's name was not released by police.