Nanaimo RCMP are investigating speed and impairment as possible contributing factors in a rollover crash which resulted in serious injuries.
The crash occurred between a blue Hyundai Santa Fe and a red Volkswagen Tiguan around 4:45 p.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway between Nanaimo River Road and Morden Road on July 28.
The driver of the Santa Fe fled the scene and was found and arrested a short distance away.
A female passenger of the Tiguan was taken to the hospital in serious condition and her husband, the driver, was treated and released at the scene. The couple’s dog ran away but was found by a citizen and taken care of.
“This was a very serious collision that occurred at a high rate of speed and resulted in significant injuries,” said Const. 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.”
Anyone with dashcam footage of the collision or of the Santa Fe prior to the collision is asked to contact investigators.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or who witnessed anyone fleeing the scene is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-25978.