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Tesla driver might have video evidence in fatal downtown collision: police

The investigation into the collision that claimed the life of a toddler girl continues
Vancouver police say the driver of a white Tesla may have video of a car collision on July 6, 2021 that killed a little girl and injured her father. Photo: Getty Images

The driver of a white Tesla could have video evidence that could help the Vancouver Police Department's investigation into a car crash that took the life of a toddler girl.

The collision took place the evening of July 6, and involved a black Ford Escape and a black McLaren. The vehicles collided in the intersection of Smithe and Hornby streets at approximately 6 p.m.

One of the vehicles went onto the sidewalk as a result of the collision and struck a 31-year-old Vancouver man who was carrying his 23-month-old daughter. 

The toddler died at the scene, while the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Authorities say a white Tesla was seen driving in the same direction as the suspect's vehicle before the time of the crash.

“Investigators are asking for that person to come forward and speak to police," said Constable Tania Visintin, VPD, in a media release.

Police believe that driver may have video on the Tesla's camera that may have captured evidence related to the fatal collision.

Investigators are asking the driver of this vehicle to call VPD’s Collision Investigation Unit at 604-717-3012.

Following the crash, the VPD made a public appeal for any witnesses to come forward to aid in the investigation.

The driver of the Ford Escape was arrested, but no charges have been recommended so far.

Fundraiser launched for victim's family

The VPD initially indicated the little girl was 11-months-old, however, she has since been identified as a 23-month-old named Ocean.

A family friend set up the GoFundMe page to help the little girl's mother, Star, whose partner, Michael, remains hospitalized with injuries he sustained in the incident.

The fundraiser's creator says "donations are imperative."

The mother "has prior mental health challenges and a history of PTSD, and having to bear a financial burden at this point will only worsen the impact of what's happened to this family."

Funds raised will go toward "covering expenses for daily living, legal and counselling costs, for little Ocean's funeral arrangements and anything else they may need." 

"This family is still reeling from the shock of this tragedy and will need continued support as they begin to process an unimaginable loss," notes the family's friend.