Fatal crash: Vancouver police asking Tesla driver to submit video after collision killed toddler
Police in Vancouver are hoping the driver of a Tesla will submit video relevant to their investigation into a crash that killed a toddler earlier this week.
On Tuesday, a 23-month-old girl was killed and her father was injured after a collision sent a car onto the sidewalk, striking the man who was carrying his daughter.
"Detectives have identified a white Tesla that was driving in the same direction as the suspect’s vehicle before the time of the crash," said Const. Tania Visintin in a news release.
"Investigators are asking for that person to come forward and speak to police."
A black McLaren and a Ford Escape collided near the intersection of Hornby and Smithe streets just after 6 p.m. that day.
An onlooker who was one of the first people on scene told CTV News the young girl died before help arrived, and that her dad had severe injuries to his arm, but was still conscious.
The supercar was severely damaged with its front end completely crushed. The SUV ended up on the sidewalk with its windshield smashed in and airbags deployed.
Both drivers remained on scene, police said, and the 29-year-old driver of the Ford Escape was arrested. He has since been released, pending further investigation.
Police said they believe the Tesla was heading west on Smithe Street, then made a right turn onto Hornby Street. The driver pulled over on Hornby until 6:08 p.m. before leaving the area, police said.
The driver of the Tesla and anyone who witnessed the crash and has yet to speak with police are asked to call 604-717-3012.
An online fundraiser has been launched for the family involved in the crash.
The GoFundMe campaign identifies the child who was killed as a toddler named Ocean. It says her 31-year-old father underwent multiple surgeries on his arm and leg after being struck by the vehicle and is recovering in hospital. The child’s mother was not involved in the collision.
“The couple needs help covering expenses for daily living, legal and counselling costs, for little Ocean's funeral arrangements and anything else they may need,” reads the GoFundMe page.
As of Friday afternoon, the fundraiser had collected over $60,000 in donations.
Police are not able to confirm who is at fault in the crash at this point, but they do expect to recommend charges.
With files from CTV News Vancouver's Regan Hasegawa and Allison Hurst