The driver involved in yesterday’s crash into a house on the 2700 block of Sooke Rd (in Langford) was Shane Robertson, the owner of Sooke Gutter. With his permission, SPN is republishing his statement made on Facebook, explaining the crash.
In his words:
“Hi all…yes it was me in the accident today, I’m posting to explain what happened. It was an episode called cough induced syncope, basically I coughed hard enough to cut the oxygen to my brain and cause me to lose consciousness. This has happened to me before, but not for quite a while and never while driving. Extremely scary for me when I woke up and realized I had hit someone’s house. I immediately got out of the truck to check on everybody in the house, fearing the worst. I am so grateful to say that the family that lived there were shaken up but uninjured and I will be reaching out to them to make sure they’re taken care of. I am unable to drive until they figure this out or possibly forever. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers, and I’m sorry if I don’t get back to all your messages of well wishes right away. I have alot to sort out over the next while. Thank you again and sorry to everyone affected.
“Also want to put out a huge thank you to all the first responders – police, paramedics, langford fire and also Emcon for traffic control. You were all amazing.”
The West Shore RCMP have provided this update:
On November 4th 2019, the West Shore RCMP received a report of a vehicle driving into a home on the 2700 block of Sooke Rd in Langford.
When officers arrived on scene they observed a Chevrolet pick up had indeed driven in to the home and landed in the living room. There were 3 residents inside the home at the time, none were injured in this incident.
As a result of the collision, the gas and hydro lines to the home were disrupted. Police evacuated the residents of the home and contained the scene, while gas and hydro companies attended and shut off the lines to the home. Sooke Rd was completely shut down for a number of hours as crews worked on site.
“The driver of the truck was identified as a 52 year old man who is believed to have been suffering from a medical episode at the time of the collision. He was taken to hospital and expected to make a full recovery. The investigation is still on-going,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar, Media Relations Officer, West Shore RCMP.