Suspect sought in North Cowichan hit-and-run that injured infant, parents

Suspect sought in North Cowichan hit-and-run that injured infant, parents

RCMP are looking for this red truck after a hit-and-run crash near North Cowichan on Aug. 17. Credit: RCMP

Police in North Cowichan are searching for a driver who was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a family of three.

According to North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP,  the crash happened just after 9 p.m. on Aug. 17 when the family’s blue Mitsubishi Lancer was allegedly struck from behind by a red truck while the car was stopped on the Trans-Canada Highway in the northbound left-turn lane at Mt. Sicker Road.

Police said the driver of the truck got out of his vehicle, walked up to the car and asked the family if they were OK. When they replied no, the driver of the red truck allegedly walked back to his vehicle and fled southbound on the Trans-Canada Highway.

The husband, wife and infant who were in the car were taken to Cowichan District Hospital by ambulance. They were treated for minor injuries and released that same night.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, 40 to 45-years-old, heavy set, 220 pounds with scruffy hair. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a red truck that may be either a newer GMC or a newer Chevrolet extended cab.

We know someone out there can help identify the driver of the red truck, Const. Mark Platt of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said in a statement.

You may have noticed a neighbour, friend or family member who has suddenly been parking their truck differently; they may have damage or blue paint transfer on the front of their truck.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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