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Whistler street racers have cars impounded

Racing leads to near-accident with cyclist

Whistler RCMP impounded two cars after receiving a complaint that two drivers were street racing on Blackcomb Way July 24 and had got into an accident near Nancy Green Drive after skidding to avoid a cyclist in the crosswalk.

"This is the second incident of Novice drivers involved in street racing in the Lower Mainland District in less than 24 hours," said Sgt. Peter Thiessen, Senior Spokesperson for the Lower Mainland District RCMP. "This incident could have easily resulted in serious injury or death." Police impounded both vehicles for seven days and charged both drivers.

The accident happened when both vehicles, operated by 17-year-old Novice drivers, were unable to stop at the stop sign. This resulted in the drivers taking evasive action to avoid a cyclist in the marked crosswalk. One vehicle, a 2009 Mazda was able to come to a stop, while the other vehicle, a 1995 Ford Explorer struck a boulder and became high centered. The driver was able to dislodge the vehicle and both drivers attempted to flee the scene. Several witnesses who were in the area prevented the suspects from driving away prior to police arrival.

A Whistler RCMP investigation revealed that both drivers are employed together. They both had departed work, leaving a parking lot a short distance away. One of the vehicles pulled across a double solid line beside the lead vehicle and started to race.

Blackcomb Way is a two way street with one lane travelling each direction. It has several tight corners and terminates at a "t-intersection" at Nancy Green Drive where there is a stop sign and a marked crosswalk.

The incident involved a 2009 Mazda 3. It was driven by a 17-year-old Whistler resident with a class 7 New Driver "N". He has one previous conviction for speeding in May 2012 and is charged with Drive without Consideration for others on the Roadway. The fine for that is $196.00 fine. The driver is the registered owner.

The second vehicle was a 1995 Ford Explorer. It was driven by a 17-year-old Vancouver resident temporarily residing in Whistler with a class 7 New Driver "N". He is charged with Drive Without Due Care and Attention and faces a $368.00 fine. The vehicle registered to driver's mother.

The cyclist who was in the crosswalk departed before police arrived. Police are hoping to speak to the cyclist and ask that anyone who may have information regarding this incident contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044.