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Police in Nanaimo say a 15-year-old boy has died after being struck by a vehicle on Nanaimo Parkway this past weekend.

Emergency services responded to southbound lanes of the highway, near Aulds Road, at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4th, according to Nanaimo RCMP.

It led to a multi-hour road closure as investigators examined the scene, including BC Coroners Service, who confirmed the teenager had succumbed to his injuries.

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Before the collision, passersby called 911 to report an unknown person “running in and out of traffic.” It was a rainy night, and the teen was wearing dark-coloured clothing, RCMP say.

A woman in her early 20s turned herself in to police on Sunday morning, claiming she hit the teen with her vehicle, an older-model Nissan SUV, before fleeing the scene.

She was later released unconditionally, but her SUV was seized for forensic investigation, notes RCMP spokesperson Const. Gary O’Brien.

Nanaimo RCMP have contacted the victim’s family and say the investigation into the crash is ongoing. They’re asking any witnesses, including those with dashcam video, to call (250) 754-2345.

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