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Driver arrested in Colwood after crashing into semi-truck, fleeing scene

Injured passenger was left behind
A driver is facing $1,200 after crashing into a tractor-trailer. (Courtesy of the West Shore RCMP)

A driver was arrested for multiple offences and is facing approximately $1,200 in fines after a crash involving a tractor-trailer in Colwood in the early morning hours of Nov. 20.

Shortly after 6:30 a.m., West Shore RCMP arrived on the scene of a collision near the 1900 block of Sooke Road. A white Toyota Corolla was stuck underneath the trailer of a delivery truck.

The driver had exited the vehicle, fleeing the scene on foot and leaving an injured female passenger behind.

Police were able to locate and identify a driver who left the scene. He was arrested for criminal code offences that include flight from police, failure to remain at the scene of a collision and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

“This was a serious collision in which the driver and passenger are lucky to be alive as the vehicle was fully trapped underneath a trailer,” said Cpl. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP media relations officer. “Traffic was affected in the area as the lanes were shut down for a short period of time while crews worked the scene.”

Additionally, the driver was served a driving prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for seven days as he was listed as an unlicenced driver. He is also facing charges under the Motor Vehicle Act for failing to render assistance (to the injured passenger), failing to exchange information (with the other party following a collision), speeding, changing lanes over a solid line, and having open liquor in a motor vehicle.

The driver was released with a Motor Vehicle Act ticket as well as an undertaking to appear in court at a later date.

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