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Traffic flagger victim of alleged assault involving beer can thrown out of passing car

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February 27, 2018 - 3:57 PM

SICAMOUS - Police are investigating a report of a beer can being thrown at a highway traffic flagger yesterday morning.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says the Sicamous detachment is seeking public assistance in identifying a suspect driver who allegedly threw the full beer can at a flag person working on Highway 1 shortly before 9 a.m. on Feb. 26.

The beer can struck the traffic flagger in the head, knocking his hard hat and safety glasses off, Moskaluk says. The worker was setting up a cautionary sign at the time on Highway 1 in an area described as being west of Sicamous.

“The hard hat prevented the victim from any significant injury,” Moskaluk says.

The offending vehicle was described as a small black car without a front license plate and the victim was unable to identify the make or specific model of the vehicle.

The information was immediately relayed to the Salmon Arm RCMP to attempt to intercept the suspect vehicle, but a time delay in the report being made to police resulted in the vehicle not being located, Moskaluk says.

“This incident illustrates the danger that highway flaggers face in their duties. The flagger could have easily been seriously injured by the dangerous and senseless actions of the person responsible for this assault,” Moskaluk says.

It’s not the first time a traffic flagger has been injured, or worse, on the job. Last summer a Vernon flagger said she was assaulted by an impatient driver, and in November, a 66-year-old traffic control worker was killed after being hit by a car on Highway 6.

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Anyone with information regarding the beer can incident is asked to contact the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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