Speeding car slams into classic rides

A spectacularly destructive crash left several classic cars damaged after a young man drove into a Langley car dealership last week.

At about 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 18, the car veered off the road and through the display windows of the Original Applewood dealership in the 19800 block of Fraser Highway.

Security video shows the car speeding off Fraser Highway and then suddenly hitting the front of the dealership in a shower of glass. 

Inside, the car slammed into two desks, and collided with two classic cars parked there for display.

“It was good that no one was around,” said owner Darren Graham.

The car sheared through a support beam, and did about $35-40,000 damage to one classic car and between $10,000 to $15,000 damage to two more.

A 1936 Pontiac had its original grill destroyed, and a 1961 Cadillac lost its original windshield, among other damage.

“It could be $150,000 to make the building right again,” said Graham. In total, it could be $250,000 damage to the dealership, he said.

Original Applewood sells pre-owned cars, and is just around the corner from the Applewood Kia dealership. Ironically, the car that smashed into their building is itself a Kia.

“The car that he was driving may possibly have been sold from that dealership,” Graham said. He called it a “return to sender” situation.

Video footage shows the young male driver scrambling out of the car and running away shortly after the crash.

Police identified the driver and caught up to him quickly, said Cpl. Holly Marks, a spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

He was found at his home and was given an administrative driving prohibition. Police are still investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash. The suspect is a 20-year-old local man, and was the owner of the car that hit the dealership, said Marks.

When Graham and the staff at the dealership arrived, the area where the car had hit looked “like a bomb went off,” he said.

“A big heavy car causes big heavy damage,” he said.

He believes that the driver was trying to get into the parking lot of the nearby McDonald’s restaurant, but was going much too fast and missed badly.

The dealership didn’t stay closed for long despite the damage. Engineers assessed the building and some two-by-tens are now holding up the roof until major repairs can be made. They were open for business later Saturday.

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