A mother, 31, her three-year-old daughter, five-year-old son, their aunt, 47, and grandmother, 68, all died at the scene when a 2012 Dodge Caravan travelling smashed into their 1994 Toyota Corolla, Surrey RCMP Insp. Lee Chanin said Monday.
UPDATE: The victims have been identified by B.C. Coroners Service as Pawandeep Arjot, 31; Annish Sachdeva, 5; Jessica Sachdeva, 3; Neelam Rani Dhingra, 47; and Vidya Wanti Sachdeva,68 all from Surrey.
The minivan's driver and sole occupant, a 46-year-old Langley man, was the only survivor in one of the most horrific crashes Surrey police have ever seen. He remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.
There's a "strong likelihood" charges will be laid against the man based on investigators' preliminary understanding that his van didn't stop at the light, Chanin said.
It's too early to say how fast the vehicles were travelling, but metal debris scattered more than 100 metres from the intersection suggest excessive speed was likely a factor, he said.
Though there was a camera at the intersection, it did not capture the accident.
It's not yet known if alcohol, drugs or a medical condition were involved. The investigation will likely take months.
Police did not release names, but friends identified the victims as members of the Sachdeva family, who operate a Surrey sweet shop.
A bouquet of flowers was fixed to the storefront Monday afternoon, along with a sign stating the shop would be closed for a few days for a family emergency.
Neighbouring business owners expressed disbelief at the tragedy.
Four fatal car accidents have killed eight people in Surrey this year, according to police.