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UPDATE: Crash causes delays near Summit Connector, driver allegedly fled scene

The accident scene at the intersection of Mission Flats Road and Victoria Street West

KAMLOOPS – Police are following up with a driver who allegedly fled the scene of an accident that took place Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Victoria Street West and Mission Flats Road.

Patric Dupuis, who witnessed the accident, said the driver of a black Dodge SUV tailgated him close to the intersection of Summit Drive and Guerin Creek Way. Dupuis said he saw the SUV hit a sedan before both cars took off.

“He must’ve been trying to chase them down,” he said.  “Buddy was just ripping down the road.”

“At this point we’re trying to determine whether an incident reported prior to this may have involved one of these drivers,” Cpl. Cheryl Bush, a spokesperson for the Kamloops detachment, said.

Dupuis said the driver of the SUV struck a second vehicle, a blue Chevy, in the  intersection near Mission Flats Road. The SUV flipped on its side.

Dupuis said the driver got out of the SUV and fled the scene. The witness said he tried yelling to the man not to leave the scene and the man yelled back he had insurance and it was inside the car.

Emergency personnel caught up with the driver down the road in front of the Riverside Auto mechanic shop.

Bush said officers have taken Dupuis’ statement and are determining exactly what took place. She says police are speaking with the driver of the SUV.

The driver of the SUV and two occupants of the Chevy were taken to Royal Inland Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

After a tow truck operator flipped the SUV, RCMP officers searched the back of the vehicle where they inspected the contents of a briefcase and a suitcase. None of the items were removed.

An officer searches the back of the vehicle after a driver allegedly fled
An officer searches the back of the vehicle after a driver allegedly fled

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