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Kelowna RCMP searching for suspect who caused five-vehicle chain reaction crash

October 09, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Kelowna RCMP officers are searching for a suspect who allegedly caused a five-vehicle chain reaction collision last night.

On Oct. 8, just after 6:30 p.m., a Kelowna RCMP officer attempted to stop with a black Chevrolet Malibu on Harvey Avenue.

The Malibu didn't stop for the officer and fled onto Water Street. Given the dangerous manner of how the vehicle was being driven, the police officer did not pursue it, according to an RCMP press release.

The suspect vehicle was last seen speeding down Leon Avenue before it collided with Ford F-150 pickup truck at the Bertram Street and Leon Avenue intersection. The impact caused the Malibu to further collide with several parked vehicles and a light standard. The driver and lone occupant of the Malibu fled on foot, RCMP said.

The truck's occupants, a West Kootenay man and woman were relatively uninjured.

An extensive search of the area was conducted, however the hit and run suspect was not located. Officers seized the Malibu, which was towed from the scene and remains part of the ongoing criminal investigation.

RCMP are asking anyone who may have dash camera footage or video surveillance footage of the area which shows the suspect vehicle prior to the crash, during the crash or captures the suspect fleeing on foot following the collision to come forward.

If you witnessed this hit and run crash and have not yet spoken to police, you can call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-250-762-3300 or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online here.

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