Surrey RCMP say a 62-year-old Surrey man has been arrested in the hit-and-run collision that killed 16-year-old motorcyclist Kevin Dhillon on Tuesday night.
The man was arrested late Wednesday afternoon at his home on charges of criminal negligence causing death and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.
He is cooperating with police and has been released from custody until charges are formally laid by Crown prosecutors.
"Although we are still in the early stages of what will be a lengthy criminal investigation, the arrest of the driver is obviously crucial to its success. We also hope that it helps bring closure to the victim’s family and loved ones,” said Cpl. Bert Paquet in a statement on Thursday morning.
In the coming months investigators with the Surrey RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) will be collecting additional evidence including mechanical, engineer, and reconstructionist reports, video surveillance, and multiple witness statements before charge approval can be obtained, said Paquet.
Teen struck and killed in intersection
Dhillon was killed when he was struck by a silver Honda Accord making a left hand turn at the intersection of 96 Avenue and 123A Street in Surrey.
Witnesses told police the motorcycle was travelling westbound on 96 Avenue when the Honda, which was travelling eastbound, turned left in front of it.
Dhillon, who was from Surrey, was transported to hospital but was later pronounced dead.
Police say the Honda driver kept travelling north on 123A Street for one block before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot.
After the crash, attempts to track the driver with a police dog were not successful, but police said documents and registration papers in the car were being used to trace the driver.
On Wednesday night, Dhillon's family and friends held candles and wept at a public vigil for the teen. Many were too emotional to speak.
Fellow motorcycle riders also paid their respects. They described Dhillon as a bright, safe and experienced motorcyclist despite his young age, who was no daredevil — a friendly boy who loved off-roading and dirt bikes.