Oceanside RCMP arrest two in connection with fatal Parksville hit and run from 2019

Oceanside RCMP arrest two in connection with fatal Parksville hit and run from 2019
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An RCMP car. File photo.

The Oceanside RCMP has made two arrests in relation to a hit and run that resulted in the death of a man in the early morning hours of Aug. 24, 2019 in Parksville.

In a police report released on Tuesday, police said they underwent a lengthy, complex investigation that ultimately led to a proposal to Crown counsel of several charges against two men.

According to the report, Crown counsel carefully reviewed the evidence and have now approved the charges.

Ryan John Grob, 35, the alleged driver, has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving, failure to remain at the scene of a collision and obstruction of justice.

The alleged passenger, 31-year-old Travis Zackery Taylor has been charged with obstruction of justice, reads the police report.

Police say that Grob has been held in custody and will appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on October 19. Taylor was released under conditions.

This intricate investigation illustrates the time it takes to gather sufficient information to propose charges to Crown counsel. It required a coordinated and collaborative effort between the front line officers, Traffic Services and General Investigation Section at Oceanside, says Acting Detachment Commander Sergeant Stephen Rose.

I am very pleased with the concerted efforts of our team that has resulted in charges being laid in this matter.

The incident took place on Hirst Avenue when a vehicle struck and killed a 32-year-old Parksville man, who was walking on the road.

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