The Nanaimo RCMP has arrested a 34-year-old man for impaired driving after he fled the scene of a crash that sent an 18-year-old woman to hospital with serious injuries.
The hit-and-run incident took place at approximately 7:15 pm on Monday, June 7 along the Nanaimo Parkway, just north of the Mostar intersection.
After receiving reports of the crash, Nanaimo RCMP responded to the scene and found a red Toyota Corolla with significant rear-end damage.
The driver of the Corolla, an 18-year-old woman, was transported to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, while a 19-year-old who was in the passenger seat was uninjured from the crash.
Officers with the Nanaimo RCMP were able to determine that the Corolla was travelling north on the Parkway when her vehicle was struck from behind by a grey Ford Ranger pickup truck.
According to a police report, officers say that driver of the Ranger was attempting to cut in behind the Corolla when it collided with the rear end of the car, causing it to spin out of control.
The damage caused by the collision required the Corolla to be towed from the scene.
The investigation led police to a home in Lantzville where the suspect driver and his vehicle were located.
The 34-year-old was arrested for impaired driving after failing two breath tests.
Police say that he has also been issued a 90-day driving prohibition under the MVA, and handed several violation tickets for Failing to Remain at the scene of an accident and Drive without Consideration. His vehicle was also seized for a 30-day impoundment.
Police also note that the suspect driver was not injured and his vehicle appeared to have sustained some front-end damage.