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Two teenagers involved in Malahat crash of stolen car

Apr 24 2012

An unlicenced 16-year-old driver and his 17-year-old female passenger were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after a crash on the Malahat early Monday morning involving a car that had been reported stolen a few hours earlier.

Witnesses said the 2007 Honda Civic the pair was in had been travelling north at a high rate of speed when the vehicle crossed the centre line and hit a rock face about 12:35 a.m. Shawnigan Lake RCMP said debris was scattered across all lanes of traffic north of the Split Rock viewpoint, near the top of the Malahat.

The highway was closed for about three hours while the scene was investigated. Shawnigan Lake RCMP, the Malahat Volunteer Fire Department, the B.C. Ambulance Service and an RCMP traffic-reconstruction expert were all called to attend.

Sgt. Rob Webb, the Shawnigan Lake RCMP commander, said the teens were “extremely fortunate” that they were not more seriously injured.

The Malahat incident comes a not long after another crash involving a stolen car and a teenage driver that killed 15-year-old passenger Nic Twiddy. The driver lost control of an allegedly stolen Chevrolet Cavalier about mid-morning April 9 on West Coast Road before it hit a utility pole and flipping into a roadside ditch.

There were two other teenage passengers, one who suffered broken bones and one who ended up in the intensive-care unit with injuries that included a cracked vertebrae.

“There are certainly some correlations in regard to the accident that happened in Sooke last week, where unfortunately a young person was killed,” Webb said. “In this instance, both were lucky to come out of this relatively unscathed.”

Charges being considered in the Malahat incident against the driver include four counts of breaching a court order and one count of theft over $5,000.

jwbell@timescolonist.com