A 17-year-old driver was killed in a North Langley crash early Sunday morning, RCMP said.
Just before 4:30 a.m., a 2008 Mercedes with four occupants was heading south in the 10100 block of 208th Street, said Cpl. Holly Largy, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.
Moving at a high rate of speed, the Mercedes went airborne off the west side of the road, and struck a retaining wall in a culvert.
Three passengers, ranging in age from 15 to 20, escaped with minor injuries and were able to get out under their own power, said Largy.
The 17-year-old behind the wheel, however, was not wearing a seatbelt, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision.
The Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) attended the scene to aid the local RCMP Traffic Services officers, and Langley RCMP Client Support and Victim Services offered help to the other passengers and families of the victims.
“We can only encourage parents to sit down with their young drivers and discuss the deadly consequences of speeding, alcohol and their relative inexperience as a driver,” Largy said in a press release.