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High-impact crash in Nanaimo that seriously injured one person caused by impaired driver


Nanaimo RCMP are seeking witnesses of a two-vehicle rollover collision last week which resulted in serious injuries to the occupants of one vehicle and the arrest of an impaired driver.

The crash occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m. on July 28th, on the Trans Canada Highway, between Nanaimo River Road and Morden Road.

The vehicles involved were a Hyundai Santa Fe and a red Volkswagen Tiguan. The shirtless driver of the Santa Fe fled from the crash scene.

With the assistance of a police dog, officers were able to locate and arrest the man a short distance away.

The female passenger of the Tiguan was taken to hospital in serious condition. Her husband, who was driving the vehicle, was treated and released at the scene.

The victim’s dog ran from the scene of the collision but was later located by a Good Samaritan and taken care of. 

“This was a very serious collision that occurred at a high rate of speed and resulted in significant injuries,” said Constable Simon Gallimore, Nanaimo RCMP Media Relations Officer.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that, without the prompt medical attention provided by BC Paramedics to the victim, the outcome could have been much worse.”

Impairment and speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors to the collision.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or with dash-cam footage, specifically footage of the Santa Fe prior to the collision and of the suspect fleeing, are asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at (250) 754-2345.

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