Saanich Police are investigating a collision that occurred on the Pat Bay Highway early Wednesday morning. There were two vehicles involved in the crash, but while witnesses were tending to one driver, the other left the scene.
Based on witness reports, police say the two cars involved were jockeying for position, doing about 80km-an-hour. The two vehicles made contact which led to the accident.
One of two vehicles, driven by a 19 year old female, lost control in the southbound lane near the intersection of the Pat Bay Highway and Old East Road. The vehicle crossed the raised traffic island, across two lanes of travel in the northbound lanes, struck a cement barrier, careened across the two northbound lanes a second time, crossed the raised traffic island, and ended up back in the southbound lanes. The vehicle came to rest on the shoulder of the southbound lanes and was heavily damaged. The driver was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police say a second vehicle, believed to be directly involved in this incident, initially stopped at the scene. However, as witnesses were tending to the injured driver of the first vehicle, the driver of the second vehicle left the scene.
“Our investigators would like to speak with the driver of the second vehicle that was directly involved in this incident.” Sgt. Steve Eassie said.
“We understand that the driver may have initially stopped at the scene. However, the driver had an obligation to identify himself, and to exchange information with the other driver. Information that we have received indicates that the driver simply departed without making attempts to do so”.
Description of the second vehicle and driver involved :
- An older model (possibly early 1990’s) light blue Mercedes sedan with the Mercedes emblem mounted on the hood, not in the grill area of the vehicle.
- The driver was described as a male, between the ages of 30 and 50 years old, and appeared to be the only occupant of the vehicle.
Anyone that may have information about this collision, or about the identity of the second driver involved in this collision, is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS FREE (8477).