Street-racing charges have been approved against two drivers in connection with a fiery South Surrey crash last December involving a Lamborghini.
The charges – announced Wednesday afternoon – stem from a Dec. 21 incident on Highway 99 near 152 Street, which police say could easily have ended in tragedy.
“Luckily, no one was seriously injured, however, the consequences of such a high-speed collision on a major arterial roadway in our city could have been catastrophic,” Sgt. Dale Carr said in a news release Wednesday afternoon.
On the day of the incident, police were called just after 11:30 a.m., after a northbound 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago spun off the road just past the 152 Street overpass and caught fire.
When police arrived, firefighters were extinguishing the blaze and the Lamborghini’s occupants were standing nearby unhurt. Occupants of another vehicle, a 2013 Dodge Viper, were also at the scene.
Witnesses described both vehicles as travelling at excessive speeds just before the crash occurred. One witness caught the incident on a dash-mounted camera. The footage shows a Lamborghini, with a Viper close behind, lose control during an attempt to pass.
Investigation determined the vehicles had reached speeds of up to 157 km/h.
At the time, the Lamborghini driver was issued fines under the Motor Vehicle Act totalling around $700. Should the drivers be convicted, police have asked that both vehicles be forfeited.
Edmonton resident Adam Shtay, 27, and Surrey resident Joshua Dally, 31, have each been charged with one count of ‘dangerous operation of motor vehicle while street racing.’
The charges were sworn March 2. Both men are due back in Surrey Provincial Court on April 16.