Most motor vehicle accidents fall into two categories: rear end collisions and intersection collisions involving left turners. At the other end of the statistics, but often at the top of the headlines, are freakish accidents, typically involving a motor vehicle cutting a wide path of destruction and coming to rest inside a bedroom or convenience store instead of on the side of the road.
- January 11, 2004 — White Rock – Pickup truck driven by an elderly man with diabetes who has a seizure smashes into house in which none of the occupants are home.
- August 3, 2004 — Delta – Car loses control, flies off the road, rumbles over jetsam and crashes into historic waterfront home along the Fraser River. Cause not reported.
- August 5, 2004 — Burnaby – Driverless tractor-trailer loaded with steel rolls through busy intersection shearing off a light and sign standard, crashes through a fence and misses a townhouse by a metre.
- October 2004 — Vancouver – Car bounces on to the sidewalk outside a downtown 7-Eleven and crashes into a cement garbage bin sending it flying through the store’s window. Cause not reported.
- April 29, 2005 — Vancouver – SUV driver who reportedly suffers a seizure veers off Howe Street, runs into and kills a pregnant pedestrian on the sidewalk before swiping three newspaper boxes and landing on opposite side of the intersection in front of the Viva Tower.
- May 8, 2005 — Vancouver – 79-year-old woman drives through a downtown 7-Eleven window severely injuring the clerk working inside.
- June 21, 2005 — Victoria – Car jumps curb on downtown street and strikes several people on the sidewalk, killing a woman and injuring, among others a baby boy and his mother. Reports suggest that alcohol not a factor but street racing may be.
- June 22, 2005 — Coquitlam – Fully loaded dump truck loses control and crashes into a townhouse. Only the driver is injured.
- June 25, 2005 — Summerland – SUV driver fleeing a roadside check stop runs into corner bedroom, kills sleeping couple and sustains serious injuries himself.