The suspected driver in a fatal hit-and-run near Parksville Saturday morning (October 10) has turned himself in, police say.
In a media release, Oceanside RCMP says a woman in her 20s was found dead on the median of Highway 19 near Parksville.
Highway 19 was closed in both directions for hours Saturday as police investigated.
Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances around the woman’s death but believe she was the victim of a hit-and-run.
On Sunday, police identified a vehicle of interest and released a photo to media in an effort to locate it and the driver.
The photo which was taken on the 5:15 p.m. ferry from Duke Point to Tsawassen Saturday showed a brown 1991 Chevrolet Suburban with damage to the driver’s side headlight and bug screen.
The owner of the vehicle, a 55-year-old man from Woss, BC turned himself into the Kelowna RCMP last night after seeing his truck on the news.
The investigation into the fatal hit and run is continuing, and no charges have been laid yet.
“It has really been because of tips from the public received as a result of the media coverage that we have been able to locate this vehicle so quickly,” states Cst. Jeff Pelat, the lead investigator in the case.
“Our focus now will be on preparing the investigation for charge assessment by the BC Prosecution Service, a process which could take many months to complete.”