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Passenger cut out of vehicle after driver crashes into pole

Jun 15 2012

A young woman had to be cut out of a car early Thursday after the driver slammed head-on into a utility pole in Gordon Head.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash that happened at 1: 30 a.m. in the 3900 block of Gordon Head Road.

The women, in their early 20s, were taken by B.C. Ambulance paramedics to Victoria General Hospital with what police said were "significant but non-life-threatening injuries."

Police received a 911 call that a car had left the road and hit a telephone pole.

Officers arrived to find "a frantic young female outside her vehicle while her female passenger was trapped inside," said acting Sgt. Mike Millard.

"Saanich Fire attended and had to use the Jaws of Life to free the front passenger."

Neighbour Hans Diener said he heard what sounded like a door slamming across the street, only to walk out his door at 3986 Gordon Head Rd. to see the crash scene.

"I was afraid there might be a fatality," Diener said. "It took quite awhile to get the passenger out."

The damage was extensive, likely a write-off, he said.

The female driver will face criminal charges for impaired driving, police said.

"As we are nearing the summer months, Saanich police would like to remind motorists of the hazards surrounding drinking and driving and the long-term impact it has on you and your passengers," Millard said.

The utility pole was near Mount Doug High School.

"The policeman was pretty upset that the message isn't getting through to kids," Diener said.

"If we could just get the message out that if you're drinking, make arrangements, do the right thing," Diener said.

"And if you don't care about anyone else, care about yourself. If you hit a telephone pole the wrong way, you're dead."

ceharnett@timescolonist.com

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