A driver is facing multiple charges after having struck both a vehicle and a pedestrian in a pair of related hit-and-run incidents in Squamish last week.
On Friday (Dec. 20) at around 10:30 a.m., a dark-coloured SUV rear-ended a vehicle at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Buckley Avenue, RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Cumming wrote in a statement.
The suspect vehicle then drove away on Cleveland Avenue. Moments later, a pedestrian walking on a sidewalk along Second Avenue near the intersection with Pemberton Avenue was struck by the same vehicle when the driver lost control while turning on the slippery, snow-covered road, Cumming said.
Witnesses told The Chief the suspect vehicle initially stopped, but that the driver didn’t emerge from the vehicle, then drove away after the citizens who were on the scene stepped away.
Police caught up with the vehicle and stopped it at Britannia Beach. It appears that alcohol was a contributing factor. Several charges are being forwarded to the Crown in relation to the matter, Cumming said.
Police said the pedestrian’s injuries were “believed to be non-life-threatening.” A friend of the victim told The Chief by email that the person suffered a “head injury with concussion” and was released from hospital later that evening. The person is expected to make a full recovery, the friend wrote.
Snow causes problems
Police also dealt with numerous motor vehicle incidents on Friday (Dec. 20), the first snowy day of the winter.
In one, a cube truck lost control while travelling north near Lions Bay and wound up atop the median barrier. No one was injured and the truck sustained minor damage.
As well, two vehicles collided at Government Road and Garibaldi Way when one vehicle slid across the road at low speed and struck the other. The vehicles’ occupants suffered minor injuries.
Also on Friday, a vehicle lost control while turning from Industrial Way onto Production Way and collided with a parked vehicle, causing “significant damage” to the latter. The driver backed up and drove away from the incident.
On Monday, Dec. 16, an RCMP officer recognized the driver of a vehicle near Garibaldi Way and Highway 99 as a person who had been prohibited from driving, a result of an impaired driving incident last month. A charge of driving while prohibited is being forwarded.
On Tuesday (Dec. 17), a 150cc Helix go-cart was stolen overnight from the back of a pickup truck that was parked at the Sandman Inn at 39400 Discovery Way.
Also on Tuesday (Dec. 17), three batteries were reported stolen overnight from a camper parked in the 38900 block of Progress Way.
A 250cc dirt motorcyle was stolen from outside a home in the 41100 block of Tantalus Road on Tuesday (Dec. 17). A heavy chain lock had been cut to gain access to the bike, Cumming said.