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Two pedestrians killed after car veers off road at UBC

Both were UBC students
UBC RCMP are investigating a fatal accident that killed two university students.

Two UBC students are dead after a car veered off North West Marine Drive near Thunderbird Stadium in the early hours of Sunday.

University RCMP was called around 1:46 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, due to a single-vehicle collision, along with Vancouver firefighters and ambulances.

"Through preliminary scene analysis it was determined that the driver of the vehicle veered off the side of the road and hit an 18-year-old male and an 18-year-old female walking on the sidewalk," state police in a press release.

According to the release the pedestrians, both students at the University of British Columbia, were pronounced dead at the scene.

After striking the pair the vehicle hit a parked car and stopped. The driver, a 21-year-old male, was arrested at the scene. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and has been released. He will appear in court at a later date; the RCMP are still investigating the incident and charges have not been announced.

"The Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are currently on scene conducting a full investigation," state police.

While the investigation at the site continues North West Marine Drive between Stadium and Agronomy roads is closed.

"Police continue to investigate to determine if speed and alcohol or drug impairment are factors in this collision as they have not been ruled out," state police.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has video footage of the area at the time (like from a dashcam) is asked to contact the police at 1-604-224-1322.

The names of the victims won't be released at this time, according to police, to protect the privacy of their families.

"This is a tragic incident that has impacted the whole University community. Our thoughts are with the families and friends during this difficult time," says Cpl. Ian Sim in the release.