Police asking for witnesses after fatal hit-and-run on Highway 99 in Richmond

Dec 11 2019, 9:09 am

Police are asking for witnesses to step forward after a fatal hit-and-run that took place last Saturday.

At approximately 6:30 am, Richmond RCMP received a number of calls reporting “a body lying in the left lane of Highway 99 (southbound), approximately 100 metres north of the Steveston Highway overpass.”

RCMP said in an emailed statement that upon attending the scene, they found a man who had “visible trauma to his body that was consistent with being struck by a vehicle.”

Police also secured the scene, interviewed initial callers, and canvassed the area for any possible surveillance footage.

The victim has since been identified as a man in his early 60s from the Fraser Valley. The Lower Mainland District Traffic Service’ Criminal Collision Investigation Team has since taken over conduct of the investigation.

At this point in time, police say that they believe the collision occurred between 1:30 and 6:30 am. They’re reaching out to the public for any other witnesses, as well as dashcam footage of the incident.

“Police are seeking any and all witnesses and dash camera video of this incident,” says Corporal Mike Halskov of the BC RCMP Traffic Services. “This may include anyone who actually saw what occurred, witnessed a vehicle stopped on the highway near the scene, anyone who saw a person walking on or near the highway where this occurred and the driver and any passengers of the vehicle that struck the victim.”

Cpl. Halskov notes that it’s also believed that the victim was “struck by a large vehicle, possibly a commercial truck of some type.”

“The driver may have heard or felt something unusual and kept driving without realizing a person had come into contact with his or her vehicle,” he adds. “If you are that driver, police would like to speak with you and urge you to come forward.”

Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact the Lower Mainland District Traffic Services at 604-526-9744.