03/30/2016 14:36 EDT | Updated 03/31/2017 01:12 EDT

Teen allegedly going five times speed limit before Vancouver crash faces charge

VANCOUVER — A criminal charge has been laid against a young man who Vancouver police allege was travelling at 250 kilometres per hour before he crashed his parents new Mercedes.

Const. Brian Montague says crash investigators believe the man, who was then 18 years old, was going at five times the speed limit.

The crash happened April 12, 2015, at about 3 a.m. and Montague says the fact that both the driver and passenger weren't killed was nothing more than a fluke.

He says the driver was relatively unharmed, but the 17-year-old male passenger had extensive head and facial injuries and broken bones.

Yue Hui Wang, who's now 19, was arrested when he arrived at Vancouver's airport from China and has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

Montague says it is his understanding that he was returning to Canada from China to take part in a ceremony for his Canadian citizenship.  


The Canadian Press