Nanaimo RCMP hope to speak to anyone who might have witnessed an early-morning crash that sent a driver to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. (File photo)

Nanaimo RCMP hope to speak to anyone who might have witnessed an early-morning crash that sent a driver to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. (File photo)

Nanaimo RCMP seek witnesses after SUV crashes into business sign along Departure Bay Road

Person who phoned in to report incident heard ‘several loud crashes and then a thud’

The Nanaimo RCMP hope to hear from any witnesses to a single-vehicle crash that occurred at about 3 a.m. this morning in the vicinity of Departure Bay Road and Wassell Way.

Emergency personnel were alerted Dec. 16 after a caller reported hearing several loud crashes and then a thud, according to an RCMP press release.

Officers arrived minutes later to find a Ford Escape with significant front-end damage and a woman at the scene.

Investigators determined that the vehicle appeared to have been driven over a sidewalk, continued through some shrubbery and then came rest against a large business sign. The 37-year-old driver, who police determined was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was transported to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with unknown but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition and a violation ticket for driving without due care and attention under the Motor Vehicle Act.

“Investigators are seeking any witnesses to this crash and in particular anyone who may have seen the vehicle being driven in an erratic manner prior to the crash,”said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2020-44705.

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