UBC resident dead after car2go Mercedes crashes into tree

UBC resident dead after car2go Mercedes crashes into tree

Northern Beaches News -
A man in his 20s has died in Vancouver's second fatal crash of the year. Police said the 21-year-old lost control of a white Mercedes sedan shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. The man, who lived on the University of British Columbia campus, was heading eastb

The vehicle crashed into a tree, and the driver died at the scene. Police closed West 16th between Trimble and Courtenay streets as they investigated what happened. The smashed sedan could be seen upside down on the side of the road for hours after the crash as crews examined the scene. It was later towed away. 

Officers believe speed was a factor in the crash, something residents say is common in the area.

'It was just a matter of time,' one person told CTV News.

'There's speed traps set up here all the time. This is one of the areas (where) everyone knows to slow down because right around the school they're set up there,' another said.

A third resident of the area said locals are trying to convince the City of Vancouver to put in speed bumps near the schools.

Police said they're aware that the stretch of road can be dangerous, and said they'll be working with residents and those driving through the area to warn them to slow down.

A spokesperson for the car-share company said car2go was aware of the incident and 'very saddened' by the man's death.

'car2go is cooperating with the police investigation as they seek to determine the cause of this crash,' Mike Silverman said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and police ask witnesses to contact them at 604-717-3012.

'We are asking people, if they do have information or had seen the vehicle driving in this area, to give us a call just so we can piece this together,' Const. Jason Doucette said.

With a report from CTV Vancouver's Breanna Karstens-Smith

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