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British Columbia man charged in fatal car accident

Charges have been filed pertaining to a fatal accident that led to the death of a 68-year-old man back in 2015. British Columbia police believe the fatal car accident may have been the result of the other driver behaving recklessly. The 35-year-old now faces charges of dangerous driving causing death. No court date has been announced at this time. 

According to the accident report, the 68-year-old man was making a legal left-hand turn around 9 a.m. the morning of Nov. 14 when the accident occurred. The other vehicle, which police believe was travelling at nearly 150 km/h at the time of the crash, smashed into the side of his vehicle. The force of the impact seriously damaged both vehicles. 

The older man was rushed to a local hospital with injuries described as life-threatening. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The younger driver was treated for minor injuries and was later released. The investigation, which has taken a year to complete, has now resulted in formal charges being brought against him. 

If the accused man is found guilty in criminal court, he may lose his license and face jail time, depending on the decision of the British Columbia court. In any event, the family of the man who died in the fatal car accident is entitled under provincial law to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in civil court. This suit would make use of police evidence, including the speedometer reading from the time of the accident, to make the case to the court that monetary damages should be awarded. 

Source: Global News, "Richmond man charged in 2015 fatal collision near Oakridge Mall", Paula Baker, Nov. 8, 2016

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