Early morning collision believed to be street racing
The Calgary Police Service Traffic Section is investigating after two vehicles were involved in a collision that investigators believe to be the result of street racing.
Shortly after midnight on the morning of Saturday, July 27, 2019, a black Jaguar S-type car and a yellow Nissan Silva were travelling east at a high rate of speed on Spruce Meadows Trail S.W. Near the intersection of 37 Street S.W., the vehicles came to a bend under construction and both vehicles left the roadway. It is believed one vehicle rolled multiple times before the vehicles came to a stop together and caught fire.
Both drivers, two men in their early 30s, were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Drugs and alcohol are not currently considered factors in this collision, however, excessive speed likely was a major factor.
Street racing continues to be a significant problem in Calgary and it puts the lives of racers and other people on the road at risk. Drivers who street race are often inexperienced and are driving on roads not designed for high speeds, where there is traffic, pedestrians and other hazards.
Drivers also face stiff penalties as police recently launched an operation aimed at preventing street racing, which has resulted in hundreds of tickets, criminal code charges and multiple vehicles being seized.
Any Calgarians aware of street racing activities are encouraged to report them to police so street racing-related collisions can be prevented.
The investigation into this morning’s collision is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Calgary Police Traffic Section at 403-567-4000, the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously through the following methods: