North Shore woman killed in head-on crash

One woman is dead and police are investigating following a head-on crash in Horseshoe Bay Sunday afternoon.

West Vancouver police say the incident happened around 2:20 p.m. when the driver of a black Dodge Caravan headed south on Horseshoe Bay Drive, crossed over the yellow line near the Pascoe Road interchange on Highway 99.

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“It crossed the centre line, it sideswiped a pickup truck that was northbound and then continued on the other side of a line and had a head on-collision with a blue Toyota Yaris,” said Sgt. Paul Faris, West Vancouver police patrol supervisor. “The person in the Toyota was declared dead at the scene.”

The victim was a 29-year-old woman from the North Shore, Faris said.

“We don’t really have anything to suggest why this happened at this time. What we do know is that drugs and alcohol were not a factor,” Faris added.

West Van officers called in the RCMP’s Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, which had the road closed until after 10 p.m. while officers collected evidence.

The driver of the rented minivan and four of the six passengers were visitors from France, all of whom escaped with minor injuries. As a matter of course, West Vancouver police have taken the family’s passports at least until ICARS has come up with a preliminary assessment.

ICARS will do a mechanical inspection of the vehicles, analyze the black box data recorders and attempt to simulate what happened in the crash. There was a light drizzle on the roads at the time.

“We’ve just got more questions now than answers,” Faris said.

Anyone with information about the crash or dash-cam footage showing the vehicles in the moments leading up to the collision is asked to contact West Vancouver police at 604-925-7300.

The BC Coroners Service is also carrying out an investigation.

Crashes of this sort were far more common before the new Sea to Sky Highway was built, Faris said.

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