Pedestrian seriously injured in hit-and-run in Vancouver

Oct 29 2020, 12:16 pm

Vancouver Police are trying to identify the driver and find the vehicle involved in a serious, early morning hit-and-run collision that took place near Hastings and Columbia streets.

According to VPD Const. Tania Visintin, the incident took place shortly before 2 am on Thursday, when a vehicle was traveling west at a “high rate of speed” on Hastings near Main Street.

“As the vehicle approached Columbia Street, the driver crossed the centre line into the oncoming eastbound traffic and struck a pedestrian in the east crosswalk,” said Visintin.

The driver did not stop.

The pedestrian, a 47-year-old Vancouver man, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. He is currently in the intensive care unit.

Police believe the vehicle involved is a grey, 1992 to 1998 3-series BMW. It will have “damage near the front bumper and driver’s side turn signal.”

“This driver will be making attempts to hide their vehicle,” said Visintin.

Investigators are asking the public for any information or for anyone who may have dashcam footage in the area of Hastings and Columbia streets between 1 and 3 am to contact the VPD Collision Investigation Unit at 604-717-3012.

“If you know someone who owns a car like this, and they are suddenly no longer driving it or parking in their usual spot, please contact police,” Visintin said.

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