UPDATE: The Nanaimo RCMP has reported that the man and woman identified as persons of interest in the hit-and-run investigation have been identified. The woman has spoken with investigators and said that that there is no connection between herself, the person who was with her, and the driver of the suspect vehicle.
PREVIOUSLY POSTED: The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s help to identify the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that sent a pedestrian to hospital.
Investigators are also attempting to identify two people of interest who may have witnessed the collision.
The incident happened at about 9 p.m. Feb. 3 in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at the corner of Fifth Street and Bruce Avenue, according to an RCMP press release.
Police and B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics attended the scene where the 37-year-old victim suffered lacerations to his head and was transported to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for treatment.
Officers spoke with several witnesses who said the suspect driver was seen backing out of a parking stall outside the business. The vehicle then accelerated forward and struck the victim, causing him to flip over the hood of the vehicle and fall to the ground. The driver did not stop and continued out of the parking lot. The vehicle was last seen driving through the stop sign at Fifth Street and Bruce Avenue without stopping and continued southbound on Bruce Avenue.
“Investigators are confident that the unidentified man and woman are not involved in the hit and run,” Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said in the press release. “They were, however, seen speaking with the suspect driver just prior to the collision, and therefore they may be able to provide information that can further the investigation.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, and quote file No. 2021-4180.