‘All I saw were headlights,’ driver says
A 22-year-old South Surrey woman says another driver deliberately rammed her car and forced her off the road last week.
University student Ashley Larson said she was heading home on Highway 10 from Fleetwood where she was babysitting for a relative around 11:30 p.m. when the collision happened.
After babysitting, she took a side trip to Cloverdale to get gas and was driving on Highway 10 near the 176 Street intersection, when she noticed a car directly behind her had suddenly changed lanes.
Then another vehicle came up behind her in the same lane and slammed into the back of her 2010 Hyundai Elantra several times, causing her to crash into a concrete divider, Larson said.
It was over in a matter of seconds.
“All I saw were headlights,” Larson said.
The lights were up high, which makes her think it was a much bigger vehicle.
It was dark, but there was no significant rain or snow falling at the time, Larson said.
She was taken by ambulance to Peace Arch Hospital for precautionary reasons.
Larson said a police officer told her there had been two other similar incidents not far from her crash that evening.
Larson is being treated for neck and shoulder injuries. She is also experiencing some post-incident anxiety.
“I’ve been having some pretty nasty nightmares,” she said. “This doesn’t happen in real life, it only happens in movies.”
Larson said she wanted to publicly thank the eyewitnesses to the crash, three people who came to her aid and remained at the scene until police and ambulance arrived.
Her car received damage to the rear and front. As of Monday afternoon, she was not yet sure if it is a write-off.
“ICBC said they will let me know by the end of the week,” Larson said.