One man is in custody and a pedestrian is in hospital with life-threatening injuries following a hit-and-run in Chilliwack Thursday night.
The incident happened just after 10:30 p.m. at the corner of Hodgins and Mary Streets. Witnesses said the pedestrian, a 56-year-old man from Chilliwack, was knocked several metres by the force of the impact.
After the incident, the vehicle continued west on Hodgins. However, a second witness alerted police to the suspect vehicle which had crashed into a ditch on Wolfe Road. The driver was running into a nearby cornfield.
RCMP officers with the support of the Integrated Police Dog Services promptly arrived and took the suspect into custody.
“Officers from Fraser Valley Traffic Services, Integrated Crash Reconstruction Section, and the Forensic Investigation Section were engaged during the investigation”, said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail.
A a 20-year-old Chilliwack man was in court Friday facing an array of charges, including failing to remain at scene of accident, impaired driving causing bodily harm, and operating a motor vehicle while impaired.
“The community, who did not hesitate to get involved, was again the key to police identifying the alleged driver of the red car,” said Cpl. Rail.
Police ask anyone who may have information regarding this collision to contact Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).