Witnesses needed to solve Grindrod hit and run case

GRINDROD - Police know a man found dying at the side of the road near Grinrod a year ago was most likely struck by a large vehicle, but nobody has stepped forth to help them find definitive answers.

On Nov. 9, 2012 at about 8:20 p.m., RCMP and the B.C. Ambulance Service attempted to rescue John Thomas, 59, as he lay with serious injuries beside Hwy 97A and Grandview Bench Road. Though he was rushed to hospital, he eventually died of his injuries.

The following investigation determined Thomas' injuries were the result of being hit by a large vehicle. Today, police and members of the Splats'In First Nations are asking anyone who was traveling in the area between 8 and 8:30 p.m. the day of the accident to call them.

The police are confident that someone out there has information about this incident, whether it's having witnessed the event itself or having noticed unexplained damage to a particular vehicle. Thomas was a member of the Splats'In First Nation, and his family and community obviously want to bring closure to this tragic event. If you can assist, please call the Vernon RCMP (250-545-7171) or Crime Stoppers.


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