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Kamloops hit and run suspect has died

May 03, 2019 - 11:07 AM

KAMLOOPS — After a fatal hit and run last October that left a 48-year-old man dead in downtown Kamloops, RCMP were on the hunt looking for a suspect vehicle. Police say they identified a suspect in the collision and it was recently learned the suspect has since died.

In October 2018, police responded to a collision where a man had been struck and killed on Seymour Street where the involved vehicle did not stay at the scene. Police seized a vehicle in November 2018 and through evidence sent for forensic testing, officers positively linked this vehicle to the hit and run collision.

“Kamloops RCMP believe the registered owner of the vehicle, a 75-year-old man from Kamloops, was the driver at the time of the collision and they were in the process of moving the investigation forward when it was learned that the male had recently died,” Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a media release.

Shelkie says this file is an example of the depth of investigations that police engage in.

“Fragmented pieces of the suspect vehicle at the scene and surveillance video from different locations helped identify the model of the suspect vehicle and eliminate makes of other vehicles in the area,” Shelkie says. “Once the vehicle’s make and model was known, a police officer on patrol saw the vehicle.”

From there police obtained a search warrant to seize the vehicle and have it forensically analyzed to positively place it at the scene of the hit and run. Evidence indicated the 75-year-old deceased registered owner was the driver at the time of the collision.

The file has now been closed, police say.

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