British Columbia

Alleged hit-and-run driver is a Surrey RCMP consultant

Police say the driver believed to have been behind the wheel of the truck that struck and killed a pedestrian early Wednesday morning is an expert civilian witness and consultant working with the Surrey RCMP Traffic section on a separate, on-going traffic investigation.

37-year-old pedestrian struck and killed near Surrey-Langley border

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Police say the driver believed to have been behind the wheel of the truck that struck and killed a pedestrian early Wednesday morning is an expert civilian witness and consultant working with the Surrey RCMP Traffic section.

Surrey RCMP say they have located and seized the truck and the driver is being questioned.

A 37-year-old man was killed just after 3 a.m. PT today as he tried to cross the Langley Bypass at 198th St, near the Surrey-Langley border. The intersection is not a marked crosswalk.

Earlier today, police said they were searching for the driver of an older model blue semi bobtail, with silver on the back, which was seen leaving the scene.

But on Wednesday afternoon, RCMP said they had identified the alleged driver who, prior to the accident occurring, was working with the Surrey RCMP Traffic section on an ongoing traffic investigation.

Sgt. Drew Grainger says the alleged driver was re-creating the crash that killed RCMP Const. Adrian Oliver last November and was driving the same type of truck used in the re-creation when he allegedly struck the pedestrian.

"These are very complex investigations and we are a long way from charges, if any are requested at all," Grainger said.

Surrey RCMP say they have requested an independent observer from another police force to monitor the investigation.

Police are asking that any witnesses come forward so investigators can establish a timeline for both the driver as well as the victim.