Hit and run knocks Courtenay woman into marsh
25-year-old was found by teen on a bike hours later
A 25-year-old woman from Courtenay, B.C., who was hit by a car in a hit and run on Wednesday night was knocked in to a marsh were she was left calling for help for hours.
RCMP Const. Nicole Hall said shortly before 11:30 p.m. PT the woman was hit by a car on Comox Road, sometimes referred to as Dyke Road.
It was several hours before a teen riding his bike in the area at around 3:30 a.m. heard the woman's calls for help and found the victim in a tidal marsh.
"She was calling for help just by yelling and it actually took a few hours for her to finally reach the ears of someone ... just someone nearby could hear her calls for help just decided to get on their bicycle and go looking for her and then was able to get medical help," said Hall.
"She was actually located off the road into the brush, so she would not have been easily seen from the roadway. She thankfully was speaking to us and able to communicate with us, which is always a good sign. She did suffer some extensive injuries however to a couple of her limbs and it's definitely a life altering experience for her," said Hall.
The woman was airlifted from St. Joseph's General Hospital in Comox to a hospital in Victoria. Her name has not been released.
Police closed down several streets in the area and brought in a canine unit and collision analysts for their investigation, but have not released a suspect description.
The area has since been reopened to traffic.
Cathy Whitten, who works near the accident site, says the stretch of road is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.
"It's not well-lit and there's quite a steep hill and a corner that you come around. You don't see too many people at night."