The scene was chaos and carnage at Harrison Hot Springs Sunday afternoon as a driver allegedly high on drugs plowed his SUV into three pedestrians and one vehicle just metres from the Harrison Festival of the Arts beach stage.
Three members of one Abbotsford family that were struck by a white Toyota FJ Cruiser were strewn over the intersection of Highway 9 and Esplanade Avenue.
Screams could be heard from the 37-year-old mother who was hit and thrown into the air at about 1:15 p.m.
Also hit was the 51-year-old father and 13-year-old son.
The 16-year-old son managed to jump out of the way and could be seen holding his mother's hand as passersby and later emergency personnel attended to the woman.
An air ambulance that arrived in Harrison Hot Springs was not used, and all three were brought to hospital by ambulance and were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
With several hundred people reported to be in the area, we are thankful that the family survived and no one else was injured or killed, RCMP spokesperson Constable Cynthia Kershaw said.
The driver of the SUVa shirtless, tattooed Caucasian 27-year-oldgot out of the vehicle after the crash but was put back into the driver's seat by a witness.
He was smirking, even smiling and another witness said he appeared to be "out of his mind drunk" and did not know where he was or what was happening.
The driver faces charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm. Police say drugs are the suspected cause of impairment.
Mounties did not release his name.
One witness who saw the SUV approach the intersection said he was driving "way too fast." Another told the Times he was travelling at "highway speed" when he hit a convertible BMW before the pedestrians.
The driver of the BMW struck managed to turn around the corner and he and his passenger appeared to be uninjured.
A number of witnesses to the collision were shaken by what they had seen.
The incident occurred just after 1 p.m. Sunday, minutes into the day's first beach stage performance as part of the Harrison Festival of the Arts.
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