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Man charged in fatal crash

Two-vehicle collision killed Richmond limo driver

A Calgary man has been charged after a fatal two-vehicle crash on the Sea to Sky Highway in January.

Jacob Mitzimberg, 20, is charged with impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death after an accident on Jan. 28 that killed Richmond-based limousine driver Shafiqur Rahman, 54.

His limousine collided with a northbound Dodge truck at Function Junction, just south of Whistler.

When his limo exploded on impact, Rahman was trapped inside. He died of his injuries.

Rahman, a driver for Aerocar Service in Richmond, was remembered by his colleagues as a genuine family man who spent all the time he could with his wife and two sons. He was the family's sole provider.

In the days after his death, co-workers at Aerocar's Richmond headquarters were devastated by the death and pleaded with the public for tips about the accident.

"He brought light to everybody's day," Aerocar marketing manager Angela Mackinnon said in January.

"He was always smiling. No matter what kind of mood you were in, one second of looking at him and you just had to smile."

According to a news release issued Tuesday, Whistler RCMP and Sea to Sky Traffic Services investigators determined the southbound limo travelling on Highway 99 had been struck by a northbound pickup truck driven by Mitzimberg.

Police allege Mitzimberg was impaired by drugs. He was not seriously injured in the collision.

Mitzimberg is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 5 in North Vancouver.

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