Driver, 83, in diabetic coma sparks multi-car crash in Steveston

Mounties say it was a miracle nobody was injured last Friday during a lunch-time multi-car crash along a busy route to an elementary school in Steveston.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said that around noon on Friday, Jan. 11, Richmond Mounties received a report of two collisions, one at No. 2 Road and Andrews, and a second at Andrews Road and Trites, both caused by the same vehicle.

It turns out, according to police, that the 83-year-old man behind the wheel of teh vehicle suffered a diabetic coma and had to be taken to hospital.

According to investigators, the man's vehicle was heading south on No. 2 Road from Moncton when it hit the curb with its tires. The vehicle crossed the centre line and side-swiped a northbound vehicle, before continuing south on No. 2 Road, and turning west onto Andrews Road.

Witnesses said the car was driving in the wrong lane at high speeds when it went through the stop sign at Trites road, and smashed into a wooden fence.

"Luckily no one was injured in all of this," Turley said.

The driver was rushed to Richmond General Hospital.

Police did not issue a violation ticket, but Turley said there's a possibility there will be a review of the man's driver's licence.

The accident happened last week, but no press release was issued by local Mounties, and The Richmond Review was only alerted after a Twitter follower queried the newspaper for details about the accident.

Andrea Niosi (@mypickykid) observed that the crash occurred along a "heavy foot traffic area" used by people heading to and from Tomekichi Homma Elementary.

"Thank God no kids hurt," Niosi tweeted. "A few neighbours heard crash, saw aftermath. One is a Dr. and he guessed medical emerg caused crash."

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