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07/25/2013 10:44 EDT | Updated 09/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Derrick O'Connor Charged: Edmonton Man Accused In 'Catastrophic' Fatal Crash

EDMONTON - What police are calling a catastrophic collision has killed an 18-year-old man in Edmonton and left another man facing charges.

The crash happened Wednesday night in the city's northwest as the victim was making a turn in a Volkswagon Passat and collided with what witnesses say was a speeding Dodge Avenger.

Police say the impact ripped the first vehicle in half and touched off a fire in the second one.

The driver of the Passat died in hospital while a 27-year-old man in the Avenger allegedly ran from the scene until witnesses caught and held him for police.

He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Derrick O'Connor is facing charges that include criminal hit and run causing death, and police say other charges are pending.

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