British Columbia

Driver targeted pedestrian in fatal hit-and-run, say police

A Lower Mainland man is facing charges for allegedly deliberately hitting and killing a pedestrian with his vehicle in Surrey, B.C., on Saturday.
Police tape blocks off 135A Street near 106 Avenue late Saturday morning. Just after midnight, a man was killed in what police at first deemed a hit and run, and later deemed a possible homicide. (Petti Fong/CBC)

A Lower Mainland man is facing charges for allegedly hitting and killing a pedestrian with his vehicle in Surrey, B.C., on Saturday.

Homicide investigators say Robert Paterson, 40, was struck deliberately by a pickup near 106 Avenue and 135A Street at around 12:30 a.m. PT Saturday and died en route to hospital. 

Based on evidence collected from witnesses Christopher Griffith, 31, was arrested on Saturday. 

On Tuesday morning police announced Griffith had been charged with criminal negligence causing death and driving while prohibited.

"Evidence retrieved thus far by IHIT supports the theory that this was a deliberate act on the part of the driver," said a statement released by Sgt. Jennifer Pound on Tuesday.

Pound says police are not aware of any history between the two men.

"The evidence that we have received so far does not suggest that they knew each other. There were witnesses at the scene that suggested an altercation, but we are still trying to shed light on what happened before the incident occurred," Pound told CBC News.

Griffith was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. The police investigation into the incident continues.