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White Rock man killed in late-night crash with parked excavator

Surrey firefighters were called after a car caught fire on impact with an excavator Wednesday night. - Curtis Kreklau
Surrey firefighters were called after a car caught fire on impact with an excavator Wednesday night.
— image credit: Curtis Kreklau

A 44-year-old White Rock man died Wednesday night after losing control of his vehicle in the 4600-block of 152 Street.

"(A) witness indicated that the vehicle, a mini Cooper… appeared to be attempting to pass a vehicle on the right shoulder before losing control and striking a parked excavator," Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet told Peace Arch News.

RCMP identified the deceased driver as John Coffey.

The crash happened just after 10 p.m. June 18, not long after police had received reports of a vehicle travelling at excessive speeds northbound on 152 Street from 40 Avenue.

It caught fire upon impact with the excavator, which Paquet noted was parked "well off the road."

Surrey firefighters extinguished the blaze and located the deceased driver, who was the car's sole occupant.

Paquet told PAN that speed was "definitely" a factor in the crash, "but (we) are looking at other causes as well."

The road was closed for several hours. Surrey's Criminal Collision Investigation Team and the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are investigating.

Anyone with information who has not already spoken to police is asked to call the Surrey detachment at 604-599-7776.

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