Two vans, two sideswipes

Police want to know who was responsible for a couple of similar hit and runs

olice are seeking the public’s help in finding out who was responsible for a pair of hit and run incidents in the Oceanside area last Tuesday.

The first incident, said Corporal Richard van de Pol, took place at 8:30 a.m. March 2 on Highway 19 when the driver of a brown Ford pickup truck was merging onto Highway 19 from Lantzville Road.

“The vehicle he was driving was side swiped by a northbound mini van,” van de Pol said. “The driver’s side mirror on the pickup was smashed. The driver of the van did not stop and continued north on the Inland Island Highway.”

The mini van is described as a green or blue older model Dodge.

The second incident happened that same night at about 10 p.m. near Nanoose Bay. 

“Again, a vehicle described as a dark-colored van that was traveling north on the Inland Island Highway side swiped a grey Toyota Corolla. The damage sustained to the Corolla consisted of dents and scratches to the driver’s side front fender. As well, the mirror was torn off the drivers side door.”

Again, the suspect vehicle did not stop.

Van de Pol said although no one sustained physical injuries, the people involved were shaken up by the incidents.

“There is nothing to suggest the two incidents are related in any way,” he said. 

Anyone with information about either of these incidents is urged to contact the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

— The News

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