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Booze suspected in crash

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a two-vehicle crash in the Lower Mainland that left one person dead and another in critical condition.

Around 9: 41 p.m. on Saturday, Richmond RCMP responded to the accident on Grant McConachie Way near Aviation Avenue.

A red, 1983 Porsche 911 Cabriolet travelling eastbound along Grant McConachie Way was struck from behind by a black 2008 Mercedes Benz CLS55 sedan. The impact caused the Porsche to veer off-road and go airborne before striking a tree. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.

The driver of the Porsche, a 50-year old male from Delta, was transported to local area hospital and is in critical condition.

The passenger of the Porsche, A 42-year old female, was pronounced deceased at hospital. She was visiting Canada from Cost Rica. Her name will not be released pending contact with her next of kin.

The driver of the Mercedes Benz, 24-year old male from Vancouver, was transported to local area hospital suffering from serious, but non-life threatening injuries. He is expected to recover.

The Richmond RCMP Road Safety Unit is investigating along with assistance from the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS).

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

"The most difficult task we have is letting the family know that a loved one has passed away. It is extremely disheartening to discover alleged alcohol involvement playing a role," says Cpl. Dennis Hwang.

Anyone with information regarding the accidents is asked to contact Const. Billy Leung at 604-278-1212. To leave a tip, please email [email protected], or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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