(Jane Thomas)

Police are recommending impaired driving charges against a driver in connection with a fatal crash that happened in Central Saanich in the summer of 2018.

Central Saanich Police are recommending the 26-year-old driver be charged with impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm – both drug related.

On August 27th, emergency officials responded to a single vehicle collision in the 7600-block of Central Saanich Road that resulted in the death of 51-year-old Kim Ward and seriously injuring her sister, 48-year-old Tracy Ward.

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The two women were walking their dog around 7 p.m. when they were struck by a 2019 red Jeep Grand Cherokee. One of the dogs died at the scene, while the other managed to run home.

The driver was also involved in another crash that occurred just 20 minutes before the fatal collision; the driver of the red SUV rear-ended another vehicle near Mountain Newton X Road and Lochside Drive. Police later determined that the driver of the red SUV was involved in both collisions.

Kim Ward was a massage therapist and member of Triathlon Canada’s Integrated Support team. She served the team for both the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the London Olympics in 2012.

The family is requesting privacy as Tracy Ward continues her recovery.