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Nanaimo RCMP are looking to identify the driver of a vehicle who fled the scene of a fiery crash Tuesday evening.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m. on August 23rd, at the intersection of Nicol Street and Needham Street. 

Several witnesses to the crash called 911 and officers were on scene within minutes. 

Despite the quick response, however, the lone occupant of the vehicle had fled. 

Witnesses said a heavy set man was seen exiting the vehicle barefoot and running along Haliburton Street. 

Police reviewed a nearby CCTV camera which captured the crash. 

According to reports, the vehicle, an older model Volvo, was driving southbound on Nicol Street at a high rate of speed.

Accident at the Touch-Free Car Wash on Nicol Street last night. A large explosion/crash was heard at around 9:10pm, drawing resident and RCMP attention.The driver ran from the scene, with police searching for them.Though you can't really see from this video, the railing has smashed through the windshield of the car. The car also damaged a machine used by the car wash.Witnesses and nearby residents believe speed and alcohol were a factor.There was a small grass fire caused by the accident, but it did not spread thanks to the work of the Nanaimo Fire Department.This morning, the car was no longer there.

Posted by 91.7 Coast FM on Wednesday, August 24, 2022

When the vehicle approached the intersection of Needham Street, it appeared the driver attempted to make a left hand turn but was not able to.

The vehicle continued straight and drove into a fence surrounding a nearby business, before proceeding down and over a cement retaining wall and coming to rest on its side.

The vehicle then caught on fire.

There were no reports of other occupants in the vehicle besides the driver. 

Some damage was reported to the nearby business and the vehicle was later towed from the scene. 

Investigators are currently attempting to contact the registered owner of the vehicle. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP (250)  754-2345.

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