(Port Alberni RCMP)

Port Alberni RCMP have located a vehicle after a hit-and-run Thursday afternoon sent a pedestrian to the hospital.

On Thursday, September 21st, at around 11 a.m., emergency responders were dispatched to an incident where a pedestrian in her 60s was hit on Johnston Road near Adelaide Street.

The injured woman was transported to hospital by air, leading to the temporary closure of Johnston Road between Helen Street and Elizabeth Street, while the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) investigated.

Port Alberni released reached out to the media seeking assistance from the public in identifying the hit-and-run driver, shortly after, police said they received multiple reports of indicating a possible vehicle and where it was located.

Officers quickly attended and confirmed the vehicle to be the same one shown in the photo that had been released.

The registered owner, a man in his 80s, spoke with the police and was subsequently arrested for failing to remain at the scene of an accident and for dangerous operation causing bodily harm. Officers obtained authorization through a search warrant and seized the vehicle, which has been retained for a forensic examination.

“We would like to thank the public for their vigilance and quick response to our request for assistance,” stated Constable Richard Johns.

The driver was released and has been issued a court date early in 2024.

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