RCMP say they know the identity of a man accused of leaving the scene of a fatal crash near Ladysmith but still haven’t found him.
Traffic was snarled for hours on the Trans-Canada Highway Saturday following a fatal three-vehicle crash that occurred in the northbound lanes at Oyster Sto-Lo Road, about two kilometres north of Ladysmith near the Husky gas station.
According to the BC RCMP, a Ford F-150 pickup truck was travelling southbound on Trans-Canada Highway when it went over the centre median and collided with a northbound SUV. Another pickup truck, which was towing a trailer, was also involved in the crash.
The driver of the SUV, a 35-year-old female, died at the scene while the male driver of the pickup truck that jumped the centre median reportedly fled the scene by stealing a nearby vehicle, according to BC RCMP.
Erica Peall, who works at the Husky gas station, told CHEK on Saturday that the male driver of the Ford F-150 pickup entered the gas station and was acting strangely.
In an e-mailed statement to CHEK on Sunday, Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, senior media relations officer with the BC RCMP, said the man’s identity is now known to them but he remains at large.
“At this point, given the man has been identified, we won’t be releasing a description, as we don’t want to impact any witness statements,” said Shoihet.
Shoihet also said the man has not been formally charged, as of yet.