Man arrested for fatal 2023 crash in Nanaimo

Man arrested for fatal 2023 crash in Nanaimo
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Reid Davidson, who died from injuries sustained in the crash, is pictured.

Nanaimo RCMP says a man has been arrested for a wrong-way crash that claimed the life of a 24-year-old man in 2023.

The crash occurred around 10 p.m. on July 19 along the Nanaimo Parkway, near the Cedar Overpass.

In 2023, police said that a driver was going the wrong way down the Nanaimo highway when they hit a Toyota Yaris, and the crash severely injured the driver, Reid Davidson.

He died two days later in hospital.

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Meanwhile, the suspect in the crash was also taken to hospital, and witnesses at the time told CHEK News that it appeared he was trying to flee the scene on foot.

Now, nearly one year later, the suspect has been arrested for the collision.

On April 25, 2024, a warrant was issued for 60-year-old Michael Rennie of no fixed address.

He was located and arrested on May 26 without incident, and has been charged with criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop after an accident.

He remains in police custody and his next court date is scheduled for July 10.

The allegations against him have not been proven in court.

Last year, the Nanaimo United FC remembered Davidson in a social media post.

“One of the kindest and most selfless people you could ever wish to meet has left us and we will forever miss him in our lives,” wrote the team.

“Reid has been a huge part of our club for several years where he brought genuine warmth and care as a valued member of staff as well as being a fierce competitor on the field.”

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