Squamish RCMP have a suspect in custody in an apparent hit-and-run crash in downtown Squamish that left a pedestrian injured.
B.C. Ambulance, RCMP and Squamish Fire Rescue workers responded to the scene of the incident that occurred on Friday (Dec. 20) at around 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Pemberton Street and Second Avenue.
It was snowing at the time and roads were slick. Details of the incident are sketchy, but witnesses said a black SUV struck the pedestrian. Passers-by covered the victim until emergency crews arrived to treat and prepare the injured person for transport. The extent of the victim's injuries is not known.
Witnesses said the suspect vehicle initially stopped, but that the driver didn't emerge from the vehicle. The vehicle then drove away after the citizens who were on the scene stepped away, one witness said.
In an email to The Chief, RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Cumming said police stopped the suspect vehicle in Britannia Beach. “We do have the driver in custody,” he said, adding that the incident is under investigation.
With the snowy conditions, police were warning motorists to stay off the road if they don't have to drive. “There have been numerous collisions today and I'm sure there will be more,” Cumming said.
There was no official word on the victim's condition, but a friend told The Chief that the person suffered "a head injury with concussion." The friend said the victim was released from hospital Friday night and is "expected to make a full recovery."
Stay tuned to The Chief for updates on this developing story.