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RCMP have laid charges in a hit-and-run that occurred earlier this year near Nanaimo. 

On March 4th at approximately 3:30 p.m., a 54-year-old woman was struck while walking her two dogs on Lorenzen Lane in upper Lantzville. 

According to police, the woman reported that she and her husband were walking their dogs in a single-file line when the vehicle approached from behind and struck her. 

Police say the collision sent the woman, her husband and their dogs into the ditch. Her husband managed to get a partial licence plate and a description of the vehicle as it drove away from the victims. 

Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after and the woman was transported to hospital. 

Police say the dog required a full knee replacement.

“The investigation was complicated and time consuming; however, investigators from the Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit were tenacious and were able to identify the alleged driver and the vehicle involved”, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

34-year-old Joel Salazar, who is a resident of Lantzville, has now been charged with one count of failing to stop and failing to offer assistance as well as one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm. 

Police say that Salazar has been served with a summons and is expected to be in Nanaimo Provincial Court to face his charges on January 31st, 2023. 

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