Teen driver killed crashing into sign warning of speeding

Scene of a fatal car accident on Blackfoot Trail in Calgary, Alta. on Sunday March 23, 2014....

Scene of a fatal car accident on Blackfoot Trail in Calgary, Alta. on Sunday March 23, 2014. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

Katie Schneider, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:18 PM ET

CALGARY -- Driving too fast for the weather conditions -- and crashing into a sign warning about the dangers of speeding -- likely caused a fatal collision, police say.

A 19-year-old was killed and three teenagers were injured when the Acura Integra he was driving Saturday at 11:15 p.m. lost control on the snow-covered road.

Police say the car was driving at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles, changing lanes back and forth.

They say the driver lost control of the car, which left the road to the right, travelled across the median and struck a sign post mounted on the median.

The impact moved the concrete blocks attached to the sign, which reads "Speeding 10 km/h over the limit -- risk of injury or death increases 73%."

Traffic Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey said speeding without accounting for weather conditions is a factor.

"We have some witnesses who have him cutting through traffic," he said.

"The speed is a large contributor but so are the slippery road conditions because he just lost grip on the road and had no control of his vehicle anymore."

Calgary fire crews had to pull all four out of the car and the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Three passengers, who Stacey said are 15, 16 and 17, were taken to hospital in stable condition.

katie.schneider@sunmedia.ca

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