Spilled coffee sends carload to hospital

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Driver distraction from a spilled ice cappuccino Monday left a female passenger in critical condition with head trauma late Tuesday, Shawnigan Lake RCMP say.

Const. Patrick Delano reported the beverage-drinking female driver of a 2008 VW Rabbit suffered a broken collarbone after her car crossed the centre line, then careered off paved Shawnigan Lake Road, near Sooke Lake Road, at around noon.

“She became distracted while dealing with the mess, lost control and went off road, left,” he said, noting the Rabbit’s four teens, all from the Victoria area, were wearing seat belts.

“It was a steep embankment and they struck a couple of big pine trees.”

It was believed firefighters used the Jaws of Life to cut off the crumpled car’s roof, so the female passenger could be removed.

“She is expected to recover,” Delano said, adding she remained in VGH’s intensive-care unit.

Shawnigan Lake Road was closed for at least 45 minutes as officials tended the scene, and an air ambulance arrived to carry the two females to hospital, Delano explained.

Two male passengers were basically shaken up, taken to hospital for treatment, and later released.

The driver has also been discharged.

The near-tragedy happened when the foursome, whose names have not been released, was headed from Victoria around noon for a swim in the Koksilah River.

“The moral of the story is to do everything possible to minimize your situation while driving, even if it’s with an ice cap,” Delano warned.

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