Adam Gongos was just sitting down to Sunday dinner with friends, looking out his window, when he saw an orange flash — and heard a violent crash.
“I wheeled over, and my friend ran over, and a kid got out yelling, ‘I can’t believe you did that — I told you,’” said the Squamish resident, who to his astonishment watched four people climb out of a brand new, high-powered Mustang that had careened off the road, hit a fire hydrant, and flipped in a ditch directly across from his Guilford Drive home. “Two girls got out — one of them needed medical help — and then I expected to see another kid.
“Instead, it was a grown man driving the car.”
The tale’s now the talk of Sea-to-Sky country, as the community learns of the driver’s fate — lottery winner one day, high-end Mustang owner the next, and now the subject of an intensive police investigation.
“The dealer plates were still on it,” said Jesse Loughran, out surveying the fractured fire hydrant directly in front of his home with his young son Aedan, wondering what might have been.
“I’ve got two young kids, and there are kids playing on this road all the time.
“We’ve got to get speed bumps on this road.”
Which might have been the end of the story, except the driver is the latest in a string of lottery winners who seem to lose it when they win the big one.
“He wins the lottery one day, then cracks up his car the next day,” said Loughran. “He went from hero to zero.”
Employees at Sea to Sky Ford wouldn’t confirm the purchase of the high-powered orange Mustang — now reduced to a heap of orange metal, key police evidence under lock and key in a Squamish tow lot.
“You’ll have to talk to the manager,” one Ford employee said, waving a reporter in the direction of a second supervisor.
“I don’t have any comment,” said the manager of the purchase, believed to have set back the brand-new millionaire a cool $60,000.
Sgt. Wayne Pride of Squamish RCMP said investigators are still in the process of interviewing witnesses and preparing a report for Crown counsel.
“It’s still under investigation,” said Pride. “We will be forwarding a report to Crown counsel recommending charges.
“They are considering charges of impaired driving and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.”
Pride said the newly improved Sea-to-Sky Highway is safer, but that doesn’t stop accidents from happening.
“This is one accident too many for us,” said Pride. “There were three teenagers in the vehicle.
“We see too much of that, often with fatalities.
“We’ve got the new highway — there have been great improvements in safety — but we still have accidents.”
The suspect, winner of the $1 million grand prize in the Variety Children’s Charity Lottery and now facing criminal charges, is Andrew Fraser of Squamish.
Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Lott...#ixzz1wTwfS3Fa