RCMP call on witnesses of fatal hit-and-run in Cumberland to come forward

RCMP call on witnesses of fatal hit-and-run in Cumberland to come forward
Rod Kelly is pictured.

The Comox Valley RCMP are asking any potential witnesses of a fatal hit-and-run in Cumberland to come forward, weeks after a man was arrested for the crash and charged with first-degree murder.

The crash occurred on Feb. 8 along the Comox Valley Parkway near Minto Road. Police were called to the scene just before 11 p.m. after a passerby noticed an injured cyclist along the roadway.

Emergency medical treatment was given to the cyclist, later identified by family as 54-year-old Rod Kelly, but he died of his injuries in hospital soon after.

Four days later, police said they arrested 45-year-old Cumberland man Steven Squires for the crash, charging him with first-degree murder and failure to stop at a crash.

“Nobody ever deserves to be left on the side of the road like that, especially for hours,” said Kelly’s son, Skyler Kelly, in the days that followed the crash.

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In an update Wednesday, Mounties said they were continuing to investigate the incident and asked any witnesses to come forward.

Investigators are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who was with Kelly, or in contact with him, on the evening of the crash.

“Investigators are also appealing for people to review any dashcam video they may have for the night of Feb. 8, 2024 capturing travel in Cumberland and along the Comox Valley Parkway between the hours of 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.,” said Mounties in a release on Feb. 28.

In the meantime, Kelly’s sons continue to mourn the loss of their father.

“I wish that I could hang out with my dad one more time and get to be able to say I love him, and that I miss him, and I want him to know that he was a good dad,” Skyler Kelly told CHEK News on Feb. 15. “I want him to know that everybody loved him.”

The charges against Squires have not been proven in court.

With files from CHEK’s Dean Stoltz 


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