A person was seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident on Gabriola Island earlier this week, and RCMP arrested a suspect who they say may have been driving impaired.
According to a Gabriola Island RCMP press release, the incident happened Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the 700 block of North Road.
“A young male victim was found with serious injuries consistent with being hit by a vehicle,” the release noted.
RCMP say residents were first to render first aid to the person injured in the incident. Witnesses helped police identify the suspect vehicle and driver, who didn’t remain at the scene, and a suspect was arrested that night. Police “have now determined that impairment is believed to have been a factor in the collision.”
The victim was transported to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
“This incident could have easily resulted in a tragic loss of life. As it is, the victim likely has a long road to recovery and the driver faces serious penalties for his alleged actions,” said acting Cpl. Patti Evans, Gabriola RCMP detachment commander, in the release.
Anyone with further information about the incident is asked to contact Gabriola Island RCMP at 250-247-8333.