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Lion's Gate Bridge crash victim named

Police have released the name of one of the victims of last week's double-fatal car crash on the Lions Gate Bridge.

Jowin Chat-Kit Lau, 21, was the passenger in a Mazda 6 that witnesses reported to police was seen driving at high speeds prior to the crash, in which it spun out of control and slammed into an oncoming transit bus.

The Wednesday, Nov. 28 accident occurred around 11:45 p.m., and police used the hydraulic jaws of life tool to extricate the two victims. But according to police, one occupant of the car died at the scene and the other died on the way to hospital.

Three people on the bus were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

While police have not officially released the name of the driver, 24 Hours newspaper named Tom Liao as the driver of the car, as did other websites, as well as friends on Twitter.

"RIP Tom Liao it just seems like ytd how we still talked& u were always the one there for me w8 situation is. rest in paradise bro <3," tweeted @JellenMak.

"REST IN PEACE Tom Liao! You'll never be forgotten," wrote Matt Kee (@MKee_Z).

According to the website revscene.net, in a forum about the crash, one member posted that Tom Liao had purchased the Mazda 6 just days prior to the crash.

"T just bough the car monday, he even asked me if this was a good buy...i said Yeah $6900, low km, dealer, 6 months warranty sounds like a good deal....go for it...N..i woke up this morning and c this.....fuk...." wrote felixy69.

While the crash remains under investigation, based on the extent of the damage, speed was likely a factor, according to West Vancouver Police

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