Another update on the accident. http://www.canada.com/edmontonjourna...af40e5&k=41911 Passenger paralysed in street-racing rollover
Laura Drake, The Edmonton Journal
Published: Wednesday, June 14, 2006
EDMONTON - A 36-year-old man is paralysed and may not survive after he was critically injured late Monday when the Ford Mustang he was a passenger in rolled on 149th Street near 135th Avenue as it raced another car.
The car first struck the centre median, then veered into a fire hydrant, a power box, a light pole and six trees before flipping end-over-end and rolling a few times.
The injured man has severe leg, spinal and head injuries.
"He's going to be paralysed if he does make it," said Const. Mike Wynnyk.
The man's name and medical status were not available on Tuesday.
The other car involved in the street race, a 1998 Mustang, was found an hour later at a nearby movie theatre with a female driver and another woman inside.
Two people have been charged.
Gerald Brisebois, 44, is charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
Nevada Patenaude, 25, is charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving.
It appears the two cars were involved in an unorganized street race leading up to the crash, according to witnesses.
Wynnyk said it is not unusual to see women involved in street racing.
"A few cars line up at a set of lights, you get that adrenaline rush and you want to go. It could be a good song on the radio or the sound of exhaust or a pretty girl that sets you off," Wynnyk said.
Before joining the force in 1991, he totalled his own car in a street race.
Police run a program called Street Legal to combat street racing.
The program allows any driver with a licence and and insured car to race at Castrol Raceway just south of Edmonton.
Wynnyk was at Archbishop O'Leary Catholic high school on Tuesday to tell students about the program.
Keaton Babysh, a 16-year-old Grade 11 student, admitted he has raced his black Toyota MR2 on the street "once or twice."
"People just want to see whose car is faster," he said.
However, he said he prefers going to the Street Legal track because there is no "swerving around traffic."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced plans to table changes to the Criminal Code to crack down on street racing, a move Wynnyk said is welcome.
"It shows that government at higher levels is taking this seriously."
In February, a 23-year-old Edmonton man died in a similar incident when he lost control of his car during a race on Yellowhead Trail. [email protected]
© The Edmonton Journal 2006