Seeking witnesses to hit and run collision with fatalities in Kamloops

During the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, RCMP Kamloops were called to a serious vehicle collision at the intersection of Battle Street and 1st Avenue. The investigation has revealed that a truck was traveling at a high rate of speed, failed to stop for a stop sign and hit a car which was driving on 1st Avenue.

The car was occupied by four people. Of those four, two died, one suffered critical injuries and remains in hospital and one was injured but survived. The driver of the offending truck fled the scene on foot.

This investigation is being led by the Kamloops Serious Crimes Unit who note that at this stage of the investigation, police have identified the alleged driver and the investigation is progressing.

Investigators are again seeking the public’s assistance on the following two matters:

Witnesses at the scene describe a woman who was not involved in the collision but was on scene prior to emergency services arrival. Investigators would like to speak with this woman but she has not yet been identified.

She is described as:

– 5’7 in height;

– 140 – 150 lbs;

– Brown hair in a pony tail

– Dark clothing

– From the scene she walked away alone northbound on 1st Avenue.

“If this is you, or you know who this person is, please contact the Kamloops RCMP. We are interested in speaking with everyone who was present at the collision before emergency crews arrived,” said RCMP S/Sgt. Simon Pillay, “This is a routine step in ensuring that all possible witnesses are spoken to as soon after the event as possible.

“Investigations such as this are taken very seriously and conducted very thoroughly. There are several technical aspects to the investigation which are forensic in nature. All of these lengthy processes must be completed before we can review our evidence or consider recommending criminal charges.”

RCMP are appreciative of several businesses and private citizens have come forward to assist the investigation by providing information and various forms of security video, which all contributes towards making a safe community where these senseless tragedies are not tolerated. RCMP also note they do not not expect to be in a position to release any further information on this investigation until the full investigative process is completed.

If you were driving in the following areas in Kamloops between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. and have a dash-cam video system, investigators would like to review your recordings. The affected areas are:

– Victoria street (downtown core)

– 4th Avenue north of Victoria Street

– Battle Street between 5th Avenue and Lee Road

– All residential streets around the Guerin Creek area.

Please call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 if you believe you may have video from these areas during the noted times.

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