Back-to-back hit-and-runs keep police busy

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Police were busy over the weekend investigating two hit-and-run incidents in Surrey.

The first occurred on Friday, March 7 at approximately 1:15 p.m. at the intersection of King George Boulevard and 74 Avenue when a P.T. Cruiser failed to stop at a red light and struck a Dodge Durango which was making a left turn.

The two occupants of the Dodge Durango received minor injuries and were treated at the scene, while a male driver and female passenger fled the P.T. Cruiser.

With help from the public, police were able to track down and arrest the male, a 27-year-old Surrey resident who is known to police.

The man has been released on a promise to appear for a court date scheduled in May and is facing charges of driving while prohibited and failure to remain at the scene.

He is also being charged with theft of a credit card and possession of a controlled substance from items found on his person when he was apprehended.

The second accident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 when police say a 78-year-old man was struck while jaywalking near Scott Road and 80 Avenue by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene.

"At this point we don't even have a witness to this collision," said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet.

Police are currently reviewing surveillance footage for any sign of the accident or suspect vehicle.

"We believe there are some [cameras], but we're in the process of looking at the footage to see if it actually shows where this occurred or not," said Paquet. "Because it was not at the intersection, it's difficult to say at this point if the video would have captured it."

Paquet said the accident can be largely attributed to the fact that the elderly man was jaywalking in the dark while dressed in dark clothing.

The man is still in hospital being treated for injuries to his face, and cuts and bruises to his arms and legs.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this collision or observed the suspect vehicle leaving the scene to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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