Driver arrested after SUV runs over flagger in video
RCMP believe driver hit a second flagger and allegedly assaulted 2 children
A disturbing video has led to the arrest of a driver suspected of hitting two construction flaggers in Metro Vancouver on Wednesday morning, RCMP have confirmed.
The first flagger was directing traffic on 10th Avenue near Kingsway in Burnaby when she was hit by the white SUV at 11:30 a.m., according to RCMP Staff Sgt. Ken Moe.
Video of the incident taken by a bystander shows the SUV trying to edge into traffic from a section of road that appears to be closed to vehicles.
The man filming the video warns the flagger, "He's going to run you over," just a few seconds before the SUV apparently strikes the flagger, knocking her down and running over her with the front left wheel.
After fleeing the scene, the same driver then hit a second flagger a little farther down the road, RCMP believe.
One flagger was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other flagger had less serious injuries.
Children also allegedly assaulted
Shortly after the incident, police received a call about a woman allegedly assaulting two children on a nearby street.
Burnaby RCMP Staff Sgt. Maj. John Buis says the woman is also the suspect involved in the hit and runs. Buis says she is related to the children but would not describe exactly how.
Police say there is no indication alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash. They say the woman may have been suffering from severe emotional issues at the time of the incidents.
No charges have been laid yet.
Moe urged drivers to be more careful around construction zones.
"By law, you have to obey the instructions of the flagger. They're out there trying to keep the travelling public safe and the people in the work zone safe. It's best to slow down and pay attention," he said.
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