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Two pedestrians killed after car flees Calgary traffic stop

UPDATE Dec. 18, 2020: The driver of the vehicle has died in hospital, according to police.

Witnesses are being sought after two pedestrians were killed in a southwest Calgary crash Saturday evening, police said.  

According to police, a concerned citizen called police Saturday early evening to report an erratic driver in southwest Calgary. Updated information from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) said that the initial call was for someone in a silver Acura speeding in the 1300 block of 17 Avenue SW.

Just before 7 p.m. Saturday, officers in the area who had been given a vehicle description and license plate number, saw the car speed through an intersection at 37 Streeet SW.

The officers tracked the vehicle and pulled it over at 69 Street SW, police said. As officers approached it, the vehicle sped away.

According to ASIRT, officers stayed at the original scene and didn’t follow the vehicle.

A few minutes later, officers left the area and found a crash in the intersection of 85 Street and 17 Avenue SW.

The intersection where the crash happened. GOOGLE

According to police, at this time they believe the driver hit the two pedestrians. Both died at the scene, police said. The victims were a 40-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, according to ASIRT.

The 52-year-old driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition, according to police. His condition remains critical, police said.

Because of the police involvement, the ASIRT was notified.

The Calgary police continue their investigation into the driver’s actions.