The driver involved in a fatal single-vehicle crash in Willow Point back in March is facing several charges.

 Earlier this month, B.C. Crown Counsel approved charges connected to a crash that killed a 21-year-old male passenger.

The victim had been picked up just before the accident happened, the morning of March 28th.

The driver, 22-year-old Griffin Lee Grant, is charged with:

  • dangerous driving causing death;
  • impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death; and
  • impaired operation of a vehicle causing death when two hours after the incident blood alcohol concentrations still exceeded 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

RCMP Const. Maury Tyre said the incident was tragic on so many levels, yet so easily preventable.

“It’s important in situations like these that people are held to account for the actions they took. As sad as the scenario is, it’s also a stark reminder and a chance to educate on the perils of drinking and driving and excessive speeds,” Tyre added. 

“I hope that everyone can look at this case as a warning for what can happen when you get behind a wheel while intoxicated. There simply is no excuse for the harm it causes. Being the driver of a vehicle means that you are responsible for your vehicle, the well being of the passengers in it, and every other person and vehicle on the road; that’s why driving is a privilege in our society, not a right.”

Tyre noted that on Sunday, Campbell River police were called to another single-vehicle crash where alcohol was believed to be a factor.

He added that “fortunately nobody was injured,” crash.

“But it very much shows the prevalent nature of impaired driving in our community and the need for police enforcement efforts,” Tyre said.

“If you wish to report an impaired driver, call 911. It could save a life.”