Nanaimo RCMP are investigating a hit-and-run incident involving an impaired driver who crashed into the back of another vehicle Monday night.
According to RCMP, the incident took place just after 7 p.m. on the Nanaimo Parkway, just north of the Mostar intersection.
In a release, police said a 34-year-old man driving a grey Ford Ranger pickup crashed into the back of a red Toyota Corolla as he attempted to cut in behind them.
The impact of the crash caused the Corolla to spin out of control and caused significant rear-end damage.
The driver of the Corolla, an 18-year-old woman, was transported to a Nanaimo hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Her 19-year-old male passenger was not injured.
“Police were able to determine that the driver of the Corolla was proceeding northbound when her vehicle was struck from behind by a grey Ford Ranger pick up,” Cst. Gary O’Brien said in a release.
“It appears from several accounts, that the driver of the pickup, was attempting to cut in behind the Corolla when it collided with the rear end of the vehicle, causing the Corolla to spin out of control.”
The driver of the pickup left the scene of the crash, however, police were able to locate him at a home in Lantzville.
The driver was subsequently arrested for impaired driving after failing two breath tests.
He was issued with a 90-day driving prohibition under the motor vehicle act and handed several violation tickets, including for failing to remain at the scene of an accident and driving without consideration.
His vehicle was then seized for a 30-day impound. The suspect driver was not injured while his vehicle sustained some minor front-end damage.
The mother of the victim in the crash said her daughter received 20 stitches in her face, suffered whiplash, and had fractured teeth.