Vancouver police are asking for the public’s help in solving a mystery, after a senior citizen was found “severely injured” in Stanley Park.
Just after 2 am, on Wednesday, November 16, police were called to the parking lot north of Brockton Oval.
A person who had been walking in the park, came across the man’s vehicle, which was still running and “revving very high,” said VPD spokesperson, Const. Jason Doucette.
This prompted the passerby to call police who arrived on the scene to find an injured 80-year-old man behind the wheel of his 2011 grey Toyota Corolla, with the engine still revving.
The vehicle itself was legally parked, and the situation didn’t suggest any reckless driving or similar activity had taken place, Doucette said.
The injured man was rushed to hospital, where he remains in serious condition. Officials have not specified what his injuries are.
“We’re still working on how her got there, and why –and where –his injuries occurred,” Doucette said, noting that investigators haven’t yet been able to speak with the man, “due to his condition.”
And as for the nature of his injuries, Doucette said that police are “not going to get into his specific injuries at this point,” but added that a family member of the man has been notified of the incident.
The public is now being asked for help, as investigators continue to probe the case.
“We need your help to solve this mystery,” said Doucette. “Even the smallest tip could help us find out what happened to this man.”
Anyone in Stanley Park during the early morning hours last Wednesday who saw the grey Toyota Corolla – or who has information about what may have happened – is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Major Crime Section, at 604-717-2541, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.