UPDATE: Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Suspect Arrested After Departing BC Ferry

Comox Valley, BC: An arrest has been made in relation to the fatal Hit and Run collision that claimed the life of an 18 year old male yesterday morning, November 1st 2016, in Merville.

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Highway 19A, just north of the Merville store, was closed for approximately 10 hours as an extensive investigation was undertaken, to piece together what had occurred. The Comox Valley RCMP deployed several resources, including the Comox Valley Municipal Traffic Section, Forensic Identification Section, North Vancouver Island Traffic services, Police Dog Services, the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service and BC Coroner Service.

Several leads from the public were followed up on during this time. An observant ferry passenger, who had heard about this incident through social media, called the RCMP to report a vehicle with extensive front end damage, heading to the lower mainland. The vehicle was located and a traffic stop was initiated by police, after departing the ferry.

The 29 year old driver of the vehicle was subsequently arrested for Criminal Negligence Causing Death and Failing to Remain at the scene of an accident.

It is believed that people waiting at the Departure Bay Ferry terminal had seen a vehicle with extensive damage to the front end and possibly photographed the damages. If you have any of these photos, please e-mail them, with your information to ComoxValley_GeneralEnquiries@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

The Comox Valley RCMP would like to express gratitude to the public for their assistance in this investigation, and encourage anyone that may still have any more information to please come forward and contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1320 and cite file number 2016-13815.

BACKGROUND:

Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision, Police Looking for Heavily Damaged Vehicle

Comox Valley, BC: On November 1st, 2016 at approximately 5:30 am the Comox Valley RCMP responded to a Hit and run collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on Highway 19A in Merville, British Columbia.

The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene and the vehicle involved left southbound towards Courtenay.

The highway is currently closed and will remain as such for several hours during this investigation.

The Comox Valley RCMP is currently looking for a vehicle with heavy front end damage in relation to this incident.

The Comox Valley RCMP are pleading to the driver of this vehicle to contact the RCMP as soon as possible.

If you have any information regarding this collision, please contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 and cite file number 2016-13815.

RCMP File # 2016-13815

Comox Valley RCMP


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