Hit and Run in Nanaimo
(File photo)

A road rage incident between two drivers on Vancouver Island escalated into a vicious confrontation that resulted in an elderly man being hospitalized.

On Wednesday, October 9th at around 12 p.m., an 85-year-old man was driving along Herd Road toward Duncan when a truck tailgated and then passed by him.

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The driver of the truck, who seemed unhappy with the speed of the victim, then pulled over near the 2500-block of Herd Road, and the victim parked behind him to have a conversation about the incident. 

After only a few words, the unknown man broke the driver’s side window of the senior’s vehicle and then punched him repeatedly in the face and head.

The man then went around and smashed the passenger side window before getting in his truck and driving off. 

The victim suffered undisclosed injuries as a result of the assault and was taken to the local hospital for treatment. 

Police describe the suspect’s truck as: 

  • third-generation Dodge Ram extended cab
  • short box
  • silver
  • white canopy with tinted side glass and tinted rear glass
  • black or darker aftermarket rims
  • rear bumper had an accent along the length of the top

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are asking for assistance from the public to identify the vehicle or may have witnessed the incident. 

If you have any information that may be of relevance to this investigation contact North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 and refer to police file number 2019-18034.

If you would like to remain anonymous, contact Cowichan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.