British Columbia

Vehicle crashes through West Vancouver wedding party, killing 2

Emergency responders in West Vancouver say two people were killed and 10 others were injured after a vehicle drove through the yard of a residence where a wedding party was taking place Saturday.

Woman in her 60s accelerated into crowd at outdoor wedding, say investigators. She is co-operating with police

Two police cars are seen outside hedges at a mansion.
Police vehicles outside the property at Keith Road and Keith Place in West Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday. (Janella Hamilton/CBC)

UPDATE — Aug. 22, 2022: Driver still in hospital as police probe speed, medical issues in fatal wedding crash


Emergency responders in West Vancouver, B.C., say two people were killed and 10 others were injured after a vehicle drove through the yard of a residence where a wedding party was taking place Saturday.

West Vancouver police spokesperson Const. Nicole Braithwaite said that just after 6 p.m. PT a woman in her late 60s driving a vehicle on a shared driveway "accelerated forward and crashed into multiple individuals who were attending a wedding."

Braithwaite did not say how many people were attending the wedding, but said two people died.

B.C. Emergency Health Services said 11 ambulances and a helicopter were dispatched to the property at Keith Road and Keith Place.

The service said 10 people were taken to hospital: five in stable condition, three in serious condition and two in critical condition.

Braithwaite said the woman driving the vehicle is co-operating with police. No charges have been recommended so far, with police saying it's too early to determine if the driver will be charged.

The RCMP's collision reconstruction team is working to investigate the incident, Braithwaite said Sunday.

'Tragic incident'

"What I can tell you is that I just think it was a tragic incident that happened, and our hearts and thoughts go out to obviously everybody that witnessed it at the wedding and all of the injured parties," she said.

Cpl. Dave Noon with the RCMP's Lower Mainland Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service said on social media that the service had been sent to the 400-block of Keith Road "for a serious vehicle incident."

He wrote that the road was closed in both directions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chad Pawson is a CBC News reporter in Vancouver. You can contact him at chad.pawson@cbc.ca.

With files from Isabelle Raghem and Sohrab Sandhu

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