VANCOUVER, BC: Dilpreet Singh, a 26-year-old Uber Driver, was the victim of the tragic car collision that killed him and sent seven people to hospital with injuries.
Vancouver Police said that the fatal collision occurred at 1:55 a.m. Monday, when a red Cadillac struck his taxi, then broad-sided a ride-share vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and East 12 Avenue, in Mount Pleasant.
The force of the collision killed Singh, who according to the police, was alone in his vehicle. Singh’s family and friends identified him as the victim of the fatal crash.
The other taxi driver and two passengers were taken to hospital for precautionary reasons.
The 17-year-old driver of the Cadillac and his three teenaged passengers all survived, but were taken to hospital with various injuries, including broken bones.
Vancouver City Councillor Lisa Dominato while sharing the tragic news shared the GoFundMe page, that has been created to support Singh’s family. “I’m incredibly saddened to learn that the Uber driver who died this week was Dilpreet Singh of Vancouver. My heart goes out to the entire family. The family is seeking donations to assist with funeral services.”
The fundraiser is organized by Singh’s younger sister Harpreet Kaur. “Dilpreet was my younger brother. As many of you know Dilpreet held a special place in our lives and touched the heart of everyone,” she said.
Singh is remembered as a hardworking individual, dedicated son, and a loving brother who came to Canada in 2015.
“Working as an Uber driver on July 31 at 2:00 Am, Dilpreet met with an unfortunate accident where a reckless driver sped through the traffic and crashed into his vehicle. The family is in no stable condition to hold his funeral/rites as he was the only financial support for the family. The support will be used towards sending him to his loved one’s back home,” she said.
Specially-trained officers from VPD’s Collision Investigation Unit have analyzed the collision scene and are continuing to collect evidence. Though the investigation is in its early stages, police believe the Cadillac was traveling east on 12th Avenue, between Oak Street and Main Street, prior to the collision.
Investigators would like to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle driving in the area prior to the collision, or anyone with dash cam or home security cameras along 12th Avenue, between Oak Street and Main Street.
Monday’s collision was Vancouver’s third traffic fatality in 48 hours.
On July 29, a 30-year-old woman was struck and killed while attempting to walk across Kingsway Avenue, near Taunton Street, in East Vancouver. Investigators believe the victim had just parked her car and was crossing mid-block to meet a group of people at a nearby restaurant when she was struck by a silver Toyota Yaris shortly after midnight. The Yaris was heading west on Kingsway and the driver remained at the scene after the collision.
Also on July 29, a 76-year-old woman was crossing Arbutus Street at West 15th Avenue when she was struck by a grey pickup truck at about 4:40 p.m. The victim was taken to hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The driver remained at the collision scene, and neither speed nor impairment are thought to be factors.
Investigators ask anyone with information about these collisions to contact VPD’s Collision Investigation Unit at 604-717-3012.