Driver admits to crash

Central Saanich resident at wheel when truck crashed into Saanich home

Andrea Deman and son Justin clear away the debris caused by a truck that drove off Ravine Way and struck their Nigel Avenue home.

The man who drove his truck into the side of a Saanich home has now come forward to police.

A truck crashed into the Nigel Avenue home of Andrea Deman and her two children in the early morning hours of Sept. 23.

The truck plunged off Ravine Way and down an embankment before striking the dining room of the home, completely destroying a small deck before landing on the driveway below.

“I heard a loud bang and then the house shook and I heard a crash. I thought it was an earthquake,” said Deman,

The owner of the white 2015 GMC pickup reported the vehicle stolen later that morning.

“I can advise that the owner of the vehicle has now come forward and admitted that they were the driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident” said Sgt. Steve Eassie of the Saanich Police. “The driver has stated that they fell asleep at the wheel and panicked when they found themselves in the damaged vehicle, pinned between the residence and a retaining wall.

“We appreciate that the driver has now come forward with this information, but wish that they would have done so at the time of the incident.”

The driver, a 37-year-old Central Saanich resident,  was issued a violation ticket for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.  The matter is still under review by ICBC.