Teen seriously hurt after running onto highway during Coquitlam traffic stop

Feb 7 2018, 5:31 am

A 17-year-old is in hospital after he was seriously hurt during a traffic stop on Highway 1 in Coquitlam on Monday night.

Port Mann RCMP Traffic Services said the incident took place at 8:16 pm, when one of their officers pulled over a westbound vehicle that was speeding in the HOV lane.

According to police, while paperwork related to the stop was being completed, one of the occupants in the vehicle – believed to be the driver – got out of the vehicle, hopped the concrete divider barrier and ran in front of Eastbound traffic, where he was struck by a vehicle.

Emergency Health Services (EHS) attended the scene and provided medical assistance to the man who was transported to local hospital shortly thereafter. He remains in hospital in serious condition.

The Integrated Collision and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) attended the scene to assist in the investigation of the motor vehicle incident.

An eastbound portion of Highway 1, between Brunette and the Port Mann Bridge was initially closed and reopened at 00:32 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the man was not injured in the incident.

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO) has also been contacted in relation to the incident and are now investigating to see if there is any link between police action and the man’s injuries.

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police at this time. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.

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