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Man could receive life in prison for fatal wreck

On May 22, a British Columbia man pleaded guilty in a North Vancouver Court to charges related to his involvement in a car accident that led to the death of a woman. Nearly two dozen of the victim's loved ones showed up in court as the man appeared via video conferencing. The man pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death in the Nov. 1, 2012, crash while charges of drinking and driving causing death and causing an accident that led to death were dismissed. However, the man could still face up to life in prison, according to the Canadian Criminal Code. The courts are expected to credit him with time served as he was placed in custody on Sept. 12, 2013.

ICBC say that young men are more likely to cause accidents

Thousands of people are killed or injured on in traffic accidents each year, and data from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia indicates that one group of drivers pose a particular threat to other road users. An ICBC representative says that young men are more likely to be involved in car accidents than any other demographic.

Mercedes recalls thousands of vehicles

Automobile manufacturer Mercedes has issued a recall in for its C-Class sedans owing to possible electrical problems. the recall affects approximately 31,000 vehicles in British Columbia and throughout Canada; nearly 253,000 more were recalled in the United States, totally approximately 284,000 vehicles. Although the parts necessary to fix the issue were not yet available at the time of the recall announcement, Mercedes says that owners will be receiving interim notifications beginning in June 2014 and then a second notification some months later when the replacement parts become available.

GM Canada target of lawsuit by parents of 2012 accident victim

General Motors Canada is in the crosshairs of a lawsuit from the parents of an Ontario man who lost his life while behind the wheel of a 2006 Saturn Ion. The parents of the accident victim are taking part in a national class action suit over malfunctioning parts and systems. They contend that their son's airbag did not inflate on impact, leading to his death in a head-on collision in 2012. GM recently ordered worldwide recalls regarding faulty ignition switches and power steering defects in several models, including the Ion.

Toyota announces recall due to defective parts

Toyota owners in British Columbia will want to know about a recall announced by the automaker April 9 to correct a variety of problems, including a defective engine starter, a spiral cable attached to an air-bag module, seat rails, a windshield-wiper motor and a steering column bracket. Although no crashes or injuries have been associated with the defective parts, the engine starter has been known to keep the engine running, which can result in a fire.

1 dead in British Columbia crash

A major traffic incident in Vancouver on April 9 left one person dead and put five others in the hospital. The car accident is said to have occurred on East Broadway as a transit bus approached St. Catherines Street. Although initial media reports were unclear as to whether one of the vehicles involved was stolen or not, authorities later confirmed that the van was stolen on April 8.

B.C. government may crack down on distracted driving

Some British Columbia residents are concerned that there is a huge disparity in penalties for distracted and impaired driving. While the province has the harshest penalties in Canada for individuals convicted of drunk driving, those found talking on a cellphone or texting while driving are assessed a meager $167 ticket in spite of statistics suggesting that distracted driving is surpassing impaired driving as a leading cause of death for B.C. motorists.

6 people injured in mini-bus accident

A mini-bus drove through a retail-store parking lot and hit the wall of a building across the street in British Columbia about 10:40 a.m. on March 24. Six people were hospitalized for treatment of minor injuries following the car accident. The bus belongs to a community living group.

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