Driver dead after Tesla crashes into pole on Lougheed Highway
Jordan Jiang, CTV Vancouver
Published Monday, March 18, 2019 7:27AM PDT
Last Updated Monday, March 18, 2019 6:52PM PDT
An early morning fiery crash involving a Tesla on Lougheed Highway and Alderson Avenue has claimed the life of a driver.
Coquitlam RCMP say the driver of a Model X was heading west when they hit a traffic pole Monday at about 1 a.m. The vehicle was engulfed in fire and the driver was pronounced dead on scene.
The driver, who has not been publicly identified for privacy reasons, was the only one in the car at the time.
Mounties said it's still early in the investigation, but they believe speed was a contributing factor in the crash.
The Tesla has extensive damage to the front end of the vehicle and fire damage throughout.
The Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) was photographing the scene and was focused on the front of the vehicle.
In a statement Monday afternoon Mounties asked witnesses to the crash to come forward. Anyone who saw what happened or might have dash cam or cellphone video of the incident is asked to speak to investigators.
"We're asking those people to share that video with us instead of posting it to social media," Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said.