The driver of the vehicle allegedly involved in a fatal hit and run on the Langley-Surrey border is an expert civilian witness who works on police accident investigations. At about 3:10 a.m. on Aug. 7, a large truck with no trailer slammed into a pedestrian in the 19500 block of the Langley Bypass, just on the Surrey side of the municipal border.
The truck was in the curb lane and headed eastbound into Langley when it hit the man, said Cpl. Drew Grainger, spokesperson for the Surrey RCMP.
The truck did not stop. Witnesses at the scene said the pedestrian appeared to be in the
roadway at the time of the hit and run, Grainger said. Grainger could not say if the man was trying to cross the street at the time of the collision.
The victim is a 37-year-old man, whose name has not been released as police were still working to contact his family. Grainger could not say where the man lived.
Police issued a description of the blue and silver older-model semi tractor, and announced by early in the afternoon that they believed they had located the vehicle.
The driver was brought in for questioning, and it emerged that he regularly works with law enforcement and public safety agencies around the Lower Mainland, said Grainger.
Only hours earlier, the same man had been working with the Surrey RCMP's own Traffic Section on an ongoing investigation.
Because of his connection to the force, the RCMP requested an independent observer from another police force come in to monitor the investigation.
The Surrey Criminal Collision Investigation Team and the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) worked together to examine the scene and determine exactly what happened, said Grainger.
The bypass was closed from shortly after the time of the accident to just after 8 a.m. to all traffic west of Fraser Highway, in both directions.
By 12:30 p.m., Surrey RCMP announced they had located the truck believed to be the one that hit the pedestrian. They had spoken to witnesses and also found local video surveillance footage of the scene of the death.
Grainger said investigators need to establish a timeline for both the driver and victim to piece together what actually happened.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP Traffic Services at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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