The scene of a collision in Newton Saturday evening. *Car’s plate digitally obscured. (Kat Slepian photo)

Woman in her 90s dies in Newton crash, man arrested after search

Police say speed and alcohol believed to be a factor after collision at 72 Avenue and 132 Street

A woman in her 90s was killed Saturday afternoon in a collision near 72 Avenue and 132 Street in Newton.

A man has been arrested and “alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the collision,” a statement by the Surrey RCMP said.

Officers say they discovered a badly damaged Toyota with two people inside at the intersection at about 3:20 p.m.

“It was obvious to the police officers that a high-speed collision had occurred, which was confirmed by witnesses at the scene,” Surrey RCMP said in the news release issued just before 9 p.m.

“The witnesses advised that the other vehicle involved, a grey Dodge, had fled westbound on 72 Avenue, at a high rate of speed. With the assistance of witnesses, the suspect vehicle was located, and the driver was taken into custody.”

Police say the driver of the Toyota was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The elderly woman died at the scene.

“No information on the occupants of the Toyota is being released at this time, as notification of the next of kin is pending,” the statement said.

“The investigation into this collision is ongoing, and the intersection… will remain closed for some time.”

Police are seeking the public’s assistance, and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or witnessed how the grey Dodge was driving either prior to or after the collision, are asked to call 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.

 

One of two cars at the scene of a crash in Newton. (Kat Slepian photo)

The scene Saturday evening, a block from the crash site. (Kat Slepian photo)