Driver arrested after driving through fatal collision scene


Coquitlam RCMP is reminded the public to “Slow Down, Move Over” after a vehicle drove through a fatal motor vehicle collision crime scene.

On October 19 Coquitlam RCMP frontline officers were attending a serious two-vehicle collision at Coast Meridian Road and David Avenue in Coquitlam. A passenger in one of the vehicles succumbed to their injuries and a driver remains in hospital.

While first responders were on scene for the collision, a red Dodge dart disregarded city road closure barricades and police crime scene tape to enter the collision site. The vehicle narrowly missed emergency personnel as they continued the collision investigation.

Police officers arrested a man and impounded his vehicle. No evidence was compromised by the vehicle as they entered the scene. The file is still under investigation.

“It is extremely fortunate that no one was injured while working within this cordon off crime scene,” said Media Relations Officer, Corporal Alexa Hodgins. “We want to remind the public to slow down and move over for emergency services as well as obey road closure signs. This provides all roadside workers and emergency personnel greater protection from accident and injury.”