Charges still under consideration for driver in fatal crash

Father of two Brian Patchett, 22, was killed Sept. 23 during the collision on Vye Road in Abbotsford.

The scene of the crash that killed Brian Patchett on Sept. 23.

The scene of the crash that killed Brian Patchett on Sept. 23.

It could be several more weeks before charges are laid against the driver of a car that crashed on Vye Road in Abbotsford, killing father of two Brian Patchett on Sept. 23.

Const. Ian MacDonald said police are still considering the evidence and consulting with Crown counsel on what charges should be laid.

Patchett was a passenger in the back seat of a 1997 Chevy Malibu that was heading west on Vye Road, west of Sumas Way, at about 2:30 a.m. when the vehicle struck a concrete barricade, then a hydro pole and flipped onto its roof.

Patchett, 22, was pronounced dead on the scene, and a woman who was also in the back seat was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

The male driver and the female passenger in the front of the car were treated for minor injuries.

MacDonald said alcohol and speed were suspected as factors in the crash. The results of toxicology tests, as well as evidence from police collision reconstructionists, will be considered in determining the next step.

“There is no doubt we will be bringing charges forward,” he said.

Depending on the results, the driver could face such charges as impaired driving causing death or dangerous driving causing death. The driver cannot be named until charges are laid.

Meanwhile, MacDonald said police are alarmed that young people are continuing to drive recklessly.

Police are still investigating whether speed was a factor in the crash last Saturday in which a 24-year-old motorcyclist died after he collided with a commercial truck on Downes Road, just east of Bradner Road.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, police impounded the vehicles of three young men in separate locations around town.

The first involved an 18-year-old in a 2002 Honda Civic who was stopped on Highway 11 going 135 km/h in an 80 km/h zone at about 4:45 p.m.

Just over an hour later, a 28-year-old man in a 1998 Honda Civic was clocked doing 100 km/h in a 30 km/h playground area on Old Yale Road near DeLair Road. MacDonald said the driver blew three times the legal limit for alcohol.

Then, at 9:25 p.m., a 21-year-old driver with an “N” (new) driver designation was stopped on Chehalis Drive in a 1996 Pontiac. He proved to have alcohol in his system, although the legal limit is zero for new drivers.

The “N” driver had his vehicle impounded for three days, and the other two faced seven-day impounds.

MacDonald said also disappointing is the number of drivers who continue to use electronic devices. Last Tuesday afternoon, police issued 30 tickets to drivers during an enforcement blitz at the intersection of Marshall Road and Sumas Way.

Most of those were for the use of electronic devices, and MacDonald said police are perplexed about why people continue to talk and text on their cellphones while driving.

“It’s hard to imagine why people can’t get a relatively cheap hands-free device if they want to talk on their cellphones,” he said.

Just Posted

Harrison Hot Springs country singer Todd Richard poses for a photo with Mission firefighters. (Photo/Sarah Plawutski)
VIDEO: Harrison country artist Todd Richard plans for a busy, rockin’ summer

Richard and his band look to live shows as restrictions start to lift

The theme for this year’s Fraser Valley Regional Library Summer Reading Club is “Crack the Case” and Katie Burns, community librarian at the Chilliwack Library, is encouraging people of all ages to sign up. She is seen here at the Chilliwack Library on Friday, June 18, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crack the case, read, win prizes with FVRL Summer Reading Club

‘Immerse yourself in other worlds and have a bit of fun while you do it,’ says Chilliwack librarian

A police pursuit involving Abbotsford Police ended in Langley Saturday night, June 20. (Black Press Media file)
Abbotsford Police pursuit ends in Langley with guns drawn

One person arrested, witnesses say an officer may have been hurt in collision with suspect vehicle

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Woman’s 100-km birthday marathon from Chilliwack to Abbotsford will benefit Special Olympics B.C.

Kalyn Head hopes run raises awareness, advocates for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

(Black Press Media files)
Burnaby RCMP look for witnesses in hit-and-run that left motorcyclist dead

Investigators believe that the suspect vehicle rear-ended the motorcycle before fleeing the scene

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

(file)
Pedestrian hit by police vehicle in Langley

Injuries described as serious, requiring surgery

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read