Vehicle crash results in serious injuries


2022-08-03 15:34 PDT

File # 2022-25978

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a two-vehicle rollover collision which resulted in serious injuries to an occupant of one vehicle and the arrest of the suspect driver. The crash occurred at approximately 4:45 PM on Thursday, July 28, 2022, on the Trans Canada Highway, between Nanaimo River Road and Morden Road.

The vehicles involved in the crash were a blue Hyundai Santa Fe and a red Volkswagen Tiguan. The driver of the Santa Fe, who was shirtless at the time, fled from the crash scene. With the assistance of Police Dog Services and front line officers, the suspect male was located and arrested a short distance away. Impairment and speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors to the collision.

A female passenger of the Tiguan,was taken to hospital in serious condition. Her husband who was driving the vehicle, was treated and released at the scene. The victim's dog ran off from the scene of the collision but was later located by a good Samaritan and taken care of.

This was a very serious collision that occurred at a high rate of speed and resulted in significant injuries, said Constable Simon Gallimore, Nanaimo RCMP Media Relations Officer. It is not an exaggeration to say that, without the prompt medical attention provided by BC Paramedics to the victim, the outcome could have been much worse.

Police request that anyone with dash-cam footage of the collision contact investigators. Dash cam footage of the Santa Fe prior to collision and of the suspect fleeing, would also be of significant value to the investigation.

The Nanaimo RCMP further ask that anyone who witnessed the collision or who witnessed anyone fleeing the scene, contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-25978.

Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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