A woman who allegedly struck a man with her vehicle at a bus stop in Nanaimo Monday has turned herself in to police.
The incident happened at about 1:50 p.m. at a bus stop on Bowen Road, near the marked pedestrian crosswalk across from Beban Park. A 54-year-old man was rushed to hospital with what police described as critical injuries after he was struck by a vehicle near the bus stop.
Witnesses told police the victim might have been standing or walking by the bus stop when a southbound vehicle drove onto the sidewalk, struck the victim and then continued southbound without stopping.
Police said witnesses were unable to provide any information on who was driving or the vehicle licence plate, but a 59-year-old woman, who lives in central Nanaimo, has since turned herself in to police.
“She came into the office about four o’clock yesterday, gave a statement and left,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “We’ve located the car. It’s been seized and we’re waiting for a search warrant to gather any forensic evidence from it.”
The victim remains in Victoria General Hospital in critical, but stable condition.
The Bowen Road southbound lanes between Whitney and Rosstown roads were closed for several hours as RCMP collision analysts investigated the scene.
O’Brien said it is too early in the investigation to talk about any possible charges the driver could be facing.
The investigation is continuing and police still want to speak with more witnesses.
Police are looking for anyone with any information on this incident to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637 with keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.