Man drives car into Fort Langley shops

Cars striking and entering buildings happens once in a while. Sometimes the car accidents are caused by mechanical failures such as the accelerator pedal sticks or the brakes fail; other times, a driver might confuse the gas for the brake. But in the case of a recent accident in Fort Langley, driver impairment seems to be the cause.

In the early morning hours of June 5, a driver lost control of his Ford Mustang and slammed it into the front windows of two businesses in downtown Fort Langley. The young man was not injured, but the buildings suffered considerable damage. While processing the scene and investigating, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police determined that the vehicle's driver was under the influence of alcohol. It was also determined that the car involved in the accident was uninsured. The man was arrested at the scene.

The two business, one a boutique and the other a kitchen utensils and bake ware shop, were damaged during the accident. No details were provided about how extensive the damage was past the destruction of the two shop's storefronts. The businesses were planning to be closed for several days to repair the damage.

An impaired driver can wreak havoc on people's lives. In this case it was two storefronts, but it could have been another car or a pedestrian. Anyone who has suffered an injury or loss due to a drunk driver should speak to a lawyer well-versed in handling these situations. This individual can assist with deciding how to proceed including whether to seek damages for medical bills, property damage or pain and suffering.

Source: CBC News, "Driver crashes Mustang into Fort Langley storefronts," June 05, 2016

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