Victoria Police say a local driver is facing several criminal charges and thousands of dollars in fines after striking a pedestrian and fleeing the scene late last year.

On December 30th, VicPD released dramatic dashcam footage showing the moment a woman was hit by a vehicle while crossing the intersection of Bay and Blanshard Streets.

The incident happened at around 9 a.m. that same day, and in the video, the woman is seen walking across Blanshard Street when a snow-covered MINI Countryman SUV travelling northbound fails to stop for a red light and strikes her.

The driver made no attempt to stop and continued through the intersection, narrowly avoiding additional collisions with other vehicles.

The woman, who was thrown in the air, managed to make her way to the side of the road before collapsing. Nearby witnesses, including motorists, were rendered to her aid until emergency crews arrived.

Kimberlyn Slattery, the woman hit by the car, took to social media later that day, saying she was recovering at home after being transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“Luckily there were no major injuries and I’ll hopefully just be sore for a while,” Slattery wrote in her Facebook message.

“Thank you to the first ­responders and the people that stopped to help me! Please everyone be careful out there, and please please wipe all the snow off your cars and slow down.”

VicPD say several drivers and passers-by in the area provided vital evidence, including video of the collision, to investigators. Police also asked any additional witnesses to come forward.

“Based on information from the public, officers were able to locate and seize a suspect vehicle with damage consistent with the collision the following day,” VicPD said in a Friday, May 6th update.

“The vehicle was processed by VicPD’s Forensic Identification Services, working with VicPD’s Collision Reconstruction Team. Officers interviewed witnesses, identified a suspect and applied for judicial authorization to enable access to key investigative information.”

VicPD say the driver faces several charges under both the Motor Vehicle Act and Motor Vehicle Act Regulations, including driving without due care and attention, failing to remain at the scene of a collision, driving while view was obstructed, and having an illegible plate.

They were also hit with fines totalling $1075, plus eight demerit points—adding $636 onto their annual insurance premium, according to ICBC.

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