After a wedding tragedy claimed the life of two individuals over the weekend in West Vancouver, the Mayor and Council have offered their condolences. Below is their message to the community:
By now, many of you will have heard about the terrible incident that occurred in our community on Saturday, August 20. We are all profoundly saddened by what happened.
In the normally peaceful Cedardale neighbourhood, emergency responders were called out to attend a collision on private property. On a shared driveway between two homes, a driver from one residence somehow drove into a group of people attending a wedding next door. Two people lost their lives, and seven others, including the driver, are in the hospital.
What should have been the happiest day of a couple’s life, their wedding day, is now tragically marred by this accident.
I know people have many questions. Everyone wants to understand how something like this could happen. I’ve heard speculation about possible causes, but it is very important that we wait for the Police to conduct their investigation. Our investigators are working diligently and will explore all avenues to determine what happened.
On behalf of Council and the community, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to everyone who has been impacted by this tragedy—victims, families, wedding guests, first responders, and neighbours are all affected.
I’d also like to thank our first responders: West Vancouver Fire & Rescue, BC Emergency Health Services, West Vancouver Police Department, North Vancouver RCMP, North Vancouver Victim Services, and BC Coroners Services, all of who responded quickly to what has been described as a “chaotic” scene.
I know our close-knit community grieves together with Council in response to this situation. I encourage everyone to be kind, compassionate, supportive, and, importantly, to withhold judgement until we have the facts.
Mayor Mary-Ann Booth