Update: Woman charged in fatal Trans-Canada Highway collision

Drinking and driving is considered a factor in a fatal vehicle crash on on the Trans Canada Highway near Spencer Road in Langford on Canada Day, July 1.

Tracy Dawn Smith of Victoria has been charged in the fatal highway crash on Canada Day that claimed the life of a motorcycle rider.

Smith, 35, is charged with dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death, and breach of conditions. Smith was under a number of bail conditions linked to an assault charge from April 9, including not possessing or consuming alcohol.

She remains in custody and will appear in Western Communities Courthouse on Thursday. Crown counsel may seek to revoke Smith’s bail from the assault charge, as well as initiate proceedings on the new charges.

Crown spokesperson Neil MacKenzie said the RCMP have sworn the impaired driving charges before a judicial justice of the peace, but as of Monday, Crown has not formally approved the charges.

West Shore RCMP say the investigation determined that a southbound Lexus crossed the centre line around 12:20 p.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway north of Spencer Road, and hit a motorcycle head-on.

The motorcycle rider, a Victoria man whose name hasn’t been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

RCMP South Island Traffic Services out of Chemainus is investigating the crash.

“A brown Lexus was travelling into to town and the motorcycle was hit head on,” said Staff Sgt. Danny Willis of West Shore RCMP. “Alcohol is considered a factor.”

The female driver of the Lexus was taken to hospital via ambulance after the crash and then was arrested and transported to the West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford.