Pedestrian killed in Coquitlam hit-and-run

Jan 27 2017, 6:09 pm

A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a vehicle in Coquitlam on Thursday evening.

The incident took place in the 800 block of Austin Avenue, just before 8 pm.

In spite of efforts by BC Ambulance Service, the victim – a 51-year-old man – succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the man did not stop at the scene.

“It is a legal obligation for all of us to stop for every collision – but in this case it isn’t clear if the driver knew exactly what happened,” said Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin.

Now, police are appealing to that driver with a direct message.

“Collisions at night can be very confusing,” McLaughlin said. “Right now we only have the perspective of witnesses. Until we hear from you (the driver) we won’t know your side and thus we won’t have the complete picture of what happened.”

The Coquitlam RCMP Coordinated Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) is in the early stages to this investigation.

Anyone who may have seen or heard something around the time of the incident is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP CCIT at 604-945-1550 and ask for Cpl. Quentin Frewing.

If you have a tip that must remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or visit