Nearly a year after a crash on Lougheed Highway killed a woman and two young cousins, a Surrey man has been charged with a driving charge related to the accident.
Coquitlam RCMP say they spent the intervening months getting details about the accident that occurred on Friday, April 28, 2017 at about 6:15 p.m. At the time, three cars collided on Lougheed Highway just north of Pitt River Road in Coquitlam.
A three-year-old girl, a nine-year-old girl, who were cousins, and a 30-year old woman did not survive.
“Our goal was always to provide the most complete and accurate version of events to Crown counsel,” stated Cpl. Michael McLaughlin in a press release.
“We spoke with victims, witnesses, experts in digital data retrieval and vehicle manufacturers to gather every possible piece of evidence. We only hope this provides the victims’ families some measure of closure.”
Adam Goulding of Surrey is facing one count of driving without due care and attention. Goulding is not under arrest and will appear in court at a later date via summons, according to the press release.
A minimum fine at the scene is $368 with a maximum of six months in jail and/or $2,000 fine through the courts, said McLaughlin.
He said the RCMP has given all its evidence to the Crown and no other charges or changes are planned.
“It’s going to proceed by traffic court as opposed to the more criminal court,” McLaughlin explained to the Tri-City News.
At the time of the accident, a crowdfunding page had been set up for the families of two of the deceased: nine-year-old Ella Reese Hernandez and her three-year-old cousin, Tyler Mollie Wong Hernandez; it raised more than $78,000