Police have arrested a 32-year-old Lower Mainland man in a hit-and-run case that became a homicide investigation this weekend in Surrey, B.C.
A 40-year-old man died in hospital after being struck by a dark-coloured pickup truck near the parking lot of the Royal Canadian Legion, in the 10600 block of 135A Street in North Surrey, at around 12:30 a.m. PT Saturday.10600 135A Street, Surrey, B.C.
Just before 10 a.m. PT Saturday morning, Sgt. Adam MacIntosh announced that the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team had taken over the case from Surrey RCMP.
"Information from witnesses at [the] scene led to the belief this may have been an intentional act to strike the victim with their vehicle," he said in a written statement. "Several other persons... were narrowly missed."
No charges have been yet laid against the 32-year-old suspect arrested, and police are still seeking tips.
"We want to thank those people who have already come forward and assisted in identifying the driver, leading to his quick arrest," MacIntosh said.
"We know there were a lot of other people who saw what happened and we want encourage these people to come forward with their information."
Non-fatal hit and run blocks away
Surrey RCMP are also seeking tips on another hit-and-run incident that also took place just after midnight Saturday, near the fatal hit-and-run scene.107A and King George Blvd, Surrey
A young man was struck just north of the crosswalk at 107A Avenue on King George Boulevard at around 12:15 a.m. Police officers were flagged down on the street, and arrived to find the victim lying in the road.
Police say he was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police do not have a description of the suspect vehicle, and are asking for tips to be called at (604) 599-0502, or anonymously through CrimeStoppers.