Fatal collision involving modified racing vehicle
A man died yesterday in a single-vehicle collision involving a heavily modified vehicle believed to have been used for racing. Speed and alcohol are both believed to be factors in the collision.
Just before 8:30 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, police were called to the 2800 block of 58 Avenue S.E., for reports of the serious-injury collision. It is believed the victim, a man in his 30s, was travelling westbound on 58 Avenue S.E., approaching the east entrance for the plaza located in the 2800 block, when it lost control, mounted the curb and struck two large decorative boulders. The impact with the boulders redirected the vehicle westbound, causing it to roll onto its roof.
The driver was assessed by EMS and pronounced deceased on scene. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
The vehicle was a 1984 Mercury Capri and was not road worthy as it appears to have been modified for racing. It contained only one seat for the driver, which did not have a seatbelt. The interior was stripped, the glass was removed and a roll cage was installed.
The Calgary Police Service Traffic Section continues to investigate the collision and would like to remind the public that street racing is prohibited and can have deadly outcomes, especially when combined with vehicles not deemed roadworthy. We continue to patrol areas known for street racing and ask citizens to report any dangerous driving by calling the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or by submitting a Traffic Service Request for issues extending beyond a single driver.
Anyone who may have information about this collision is asked to call police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
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