Mohammed Shariff Abdi died when the Yellow Taxi he was driving slammed into a pole near the corner of Gorge Street East and Garbally Road around 2:30 a.m. last Friday. Victoria Police say there is no indication that the vehicle braked or slowed in the moments before the crash.
Three other men, all believed to be in their 20s, are in hospital following the single vehicle collision.
When VicPD officers arrived at the scene, they discovered the driver dead and the three passengers in the taxi injured. Two of the injured men are in hospital with life-threatening injuries, while the third is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The intersection was closed for several hours as the VicPD CRASH team conducted their on-scene investigation. Investigators are currently determining whether speed and impairment were factors in the collision.
Just before 7:30 a.m. Monday morning someone walking along the beach in the 1400-block of Dallas Road discovered the body of a deceased person. Police blocked the walkway while B.C. Coroner Service removed the body and police combed the area for clues. VicPD Communications Coordinator Bowen Osoko said no details would be released pending identification and notification of the next of kin.