Street racing blamed for Victoria vehicle crash

Middle-aged men face charges after vehicles heard roaring up Finlayson Street

Two Victoria men face charges of driving without consideration after a crash police say was caused by street racing early Saturday morning.

Just before 7 a.m. VicPD received numerous 911 calls reporting two vehicles racing eastbound on Finlayson Street from Blanshard Street.

Moments later there was a crash at the intersection of Finlayson and Quadra streets.

“One of the racers attempted to stop his 1997 Pontiac Sunfire for the red light at Quadra Street, but was unable to. The driver went straight through the light and collided with the other vehicle, sending the second vehicle spinning out of control and into a light standard,” said Const. Mike Russell, VicPD spokesperson.

The two drivers were taken to hospital.

Witnesses told police they heard a long screech before a collision. Officers measured the skid mark and found it was about 45 metres. Both vehicles – a 2006 Ford Ranger – were heavily damaged and towed from the scene.

The drivers, Victoria men aged 42 and 57, had their vehicles seized for seven days and face charges of driving without reasonable consideration.

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com