Driverless van rolls on, leaving behind a senior with injuries
A 66-year-old woman was injured when she jumped from a moving van after it started to roll across a parking lot on the weekend.
On Saturday, March 16, the van’s owner had driven it to visit friends at a residential complex at 460 Dalgleish Dr. just off the Summit Connector.
He opened the door and placed some items on the seat before walking around the vehicle to buckle up his three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son in the 2006 Dodge Caravan.
A family friend was sitting in the front passenger seat.
The driver’s mother was just starting to get into the van when it started to roll backward across the lot. She fell down a grassy embankment and was treated at Royal Inland Hospital for minor injuries.
As the van rolled backward, it swiped the rear passenger-side door and quarter-panel of a parked 1998 Nissan 200S before hitting a house.
The building had moderate external damage, the value of which has not yet been determined.
The driver told RCMP he had not started the engine and the gear was in park, with the park brake engaged.
Police are waiting for a mechanical inspection of the vehicle.