Woman pulled from burning car after crash in Saanich

Bystanders pulled a woman from a burning car yesterday after what police suspect was an intentional collision on McKenzie Avenue.

Bystanders pulled a woman from a burning car yesterday after what police suspect was an intentional two-vehicle collision on McKenzie Avenue.

Witnesses told Saanich police two vehicles were racing through traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway en route into Victoria at around 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday.

A black Honda Accord driven by a 33-year-old woman and a silver SUV driven by a 45-year-old man exited the highway onto Tillicum Road, drove through a plaza parking lot to Burnside Road and wound their way to McKenzie Avenue.

Police allege the Accord intentionally rammed the SUV on McKenzie near St. Joseph’s School, and then careened into another passing car. The Accord caught on fire and the woman was trapped inside, police say, but two bystanders came to her rescue.

“Her car was engulfed in fire when emergency services arrived,” said Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie. “Time was of the essence and the two people were extremely helpful to her.”

The woman remains in hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries. The man in the SUV had minor injuries, police say, and the person in the third damaged vehicle was unharmed.

Investigators suspect the incident is a domestic dispute and the two people know each other, Eassie said. Police are still seeking and interviewing witnesses to piece together the events and circumstances surrounding the collision. No charges have been laid.

“What initially looked like a two vehicle collision has turned into a much bigger investigation,” Eassie said.

Anyone who saw a black Honda Accord and a silver SUV racing in the Burnside-Tillicum area Tuesday around 11:20 a.m. is asked to call Saanich police at 250-475-4321.

editor@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Canada Womens Rugby Sevens Team flies in to #YYJ after Japan triumph

The team jet in this afternoon where they will stop to sign autographs and pose for photos

Documents show re-development of Saanich’s University Heights on hold

Third open house on proposed development postponed

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

Peninsula students taking advantage of French activities

Canadian Parents for French help organize and promote activities

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Campbell River RCMP say alcohol and speed may be factors in collision

Woman injured after driver ran into her car on Highway 19A, says fire captain

Bodies of 3 mountain climbers recovered after last week’s Banff avalanche

The men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway

Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday

Sunday is the first of two birthday celebrations each year for the queen

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

Most Read