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A 19-year-old woman from rural Manitoba was found unresponsive and unconscious after a high-speed crash on a residential road in Brandon Friday morning.
The woman, a passenger in a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am damaged in the two-vehicle collision, was seriously injured in the crash. After being extracted from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life, she was transported to Brandon Regional Health Centre and then flown to Winnipeg by STARS air ambulance. Her condition was unknown as of Friday morning, Brandon Police Service said in a release.
The driver of the car, a 20-year-old woman from Brandon, remains at the city’s hospital, where she is conscious and alert. No further information on her condition is known.
In a release, Brandon police indicated that speed and alcohol were factors in the collision, reported at 2:39 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of Lorne Avenue.
The investigation revealed a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am was heading east on Lorne Avenue at a "high rate of speed" when the driver lost control, colliding with a westbound 2011 Chevrolet Traverse.
"It was significantly over 50 km an hour," police spokesperson Sgt. Guy Roberts said of the driver exceeding the speed limit.
Police believed the driver of the Grand Am showed signs of intoxication and she provided blood samples. Roberts expects the blood sample analysis to take as long as a few weeks.
The Traverse driver, a 20-year-old woman from Brandon, was asked for a breath sample since it was believed she consumed alcohol. Her reading confirmed the police’s conviction, but she did not drink enough alcohol to demand an arrest. She was issued a 72-hour driving suspension due to her reading.
She was taken to hospital with physical pain to her chest, but has since been medically cleared.
Her three passengers were not hurt in the collision.
Roberts is disturbed to see a crash believed to be caused by drinking and driving.
"Despite all the warnings we put out, despite all the information campaign by groups like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and all of the advertising and commercials, people are still not getting the message," he said. "It’s extremely frustrating, and then this is what happens."
Roberts said he is most worried about the victims, and their families and friends, "who may be hurting as a result of some bad decisions that were made."
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Updated on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:53 PM CDT: Corrects caption to reflect it was the passenger not the driver who was flown to hospital.