Doctor hopes wreck will send message
Passersby might be startled by what they find in a downtown Qualicum Beach alley.
The twisted wreckage of a vehicle involved in a near fatal crash in June near Qualicum Bay Resort is parked behind a Beach Road medical clinic — placed there by Dr. Hugh Fletcher as ominous warning of what can happen should drivers choose to speed or otherwise drive without due care and attention.
He said he hopes the car will attract notice and provide a discussion point on the risks of the road.
“In this case it was purely speed,” said Fletcher, noting the vehicle in question wrapped itself around a pole before coming to rest in the 5900 block of Island Highway West on June 4.
“A lot of people die in cars that look just like this,” he said. “These accidents often happen at two or three in the morning and the wreckage is towed away before anyone has a chance to see it ... This car was stuck in the scrap yard where nobody sees the visual impact. This tells a story.”
If it’s story that’s being told it’s one that could easily inspire a nightmare. The 16-year-old male passenger had to be extricated from his vehicle with the Jaws of Life, suffered massive internal bleeding and is still recovering at home from head injuries that required an airlift to Victoria General Hospital.
The car is impossibly twisted with a shattered front window and a driver side door and frame that’s compressed violently over the seat where the accident victim sat.
Fletcher said on the day he noticed the vehicle at Arrowsmith Towing there was another in similar condition right beside it that was involved in a fatal accident claiming the life of a teenage girl on Grafton Road on the same day.
“Any parent that wants to have an impact on their child should come and check this out,” said Fletcher who has raised the ire of the town’s bylaw enforcement officials.
“They’ve been here and they’re not happy about it. There have been some discussions ... I’ll talk to the mayor about it.”
He said he intends to keep the car where it is, as reminder to all, until the middle of August or so.
“I can see it’s not necessarily what everyone wants to look at,” said Fletcher. “I welcome any input good or bad.”