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Two crashes less than 24 hours apart prove fatal

Speeding is believed to have been a factor in an early Saturday night two-car collision that claimed the life of a 76-year-old man.

According to Richmond Mounties, an Acura Vigor, driven by a 36-year-old man, collided with a Toyota Corolla around 6:45 Saturday, at the intersection of No. 4 Road and Westminster Highway.

The driver of the Toyota, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the Acura was taken to hospital with minor injuries, and he was later released.

The crash closed the intersection for several hours as the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service investigated.

“The investigation is ongoing, but police believe that speed may have been a contributing factor,” said Richmond RCMP Const. Veronica Fox.

Less than 24 hours later, on Sunday, just after 5 p.m., a Richmond woman was struck while in the pedestrian cross walk at Francis Road and St. Albans.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said the 62-year-old woman was rushed to hospital but could not be revived.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the woman remained at the scene and was cooperating with police.

This was the seventh motor-vehicle related fatality in Richmond in 2013, and the fourth serious accident in a week.

“Police remind all members of the public to use caution in the darker winter driving conditions and further urge those out walking to wear bright clothing and take an extra second to ensure they can safely cross the street,” Ashton said.

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