Rollover into Coldstream backyard draws concern

This car that rolled into the backyard of a Coldstream home off Sarsons Road did so in an area not protected by a barrier, and that troubles the homeowner. - photo submitted
This car that rolled into the backyard of a Coldstream home off Sarsons Road did so in an area not protected by a barrier, and that troubles the homeowner.
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A sudden awakening in the middle of the night has a Coldstream family asking questions.

Brian Spence, his wife and son were asleep in their house Wednesday in the 300 block of Inverness Drive when he and his wife were awoken by the sound of a large crash.

A car driven by a teenager had crashed down the embankment off Sarsons Road behind their home and ended up in their yard.

“We brought the driver inside, he had a scratch,” said Spence.

The boy had been traveling north on Sarsons Road at 3 a.m. when he hit some ice and went off the road right.

The accident damaged a rock retaining wall and a couple of trees, but the boy’s car did not hit the house.

However, it’s the spot that the car went through that has Spence asking questions.

Along the eastside shoulder of Sarsons, there is a green railing that goes for quite a long stretch. However, in a spot above Spence’s home, the railing ends. There’s nothing there, but it does continue later on.

“There’s a barrier on the left side of the house, and a barrier on the right side of the house, and nothing in the middle. That’s where the boy crashed through,” said Spence, who said he phoned the District of Coldstream asking if they could add a barrier above his property.

Michael Stamhuis, chief administrative officer for the district, said the incident will be investigated.

“We would have a look to see whether it warrants us completing that railing or doing something different, or whether the decision would be ‘really this is a once-in-a-blue-moon incident, it doesn’t warrant doing anything,’” said Stamhuis.

Spence said he’s never had a car come down into his yard before.

“It is a matter of concern,” he said.

The boy was not injured and police said alcohol was not a factor.

The driver was issued a ticket for not driving for the road conditions.


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