After impaired driver crashes in Yaletown, Vancouver investigators seek witness who was almost hit

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      After a driver lost control and crashed in Yaletown last week, investigators are seeking any further information about the incident, and are particularly interested in speaking with a witness who was almost struck by the vehicle.

      According to the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), an impaired driver drove the wrong way down Richards Street, then struck a tree and crashed through a construction fence near Richards and Pacific streets around 11 a.m. on September 8.

      Police arrested the 27-year-old driver from Richmond.

      While investigators are still collecting evidence, they are also seeking to speak with a witness who was almost injured in this incident.

      “A number of people saw a woman pushing a baby stroller on Richards Street when this terrifying incident occurred the morning of September 8,” VPD spokesperson Sgt. Steve Addison stated in a news release.

      He added that investigators “believe this person had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit” and that this person may have “valuable information” pertinent to this case.  

      “This was a very chaotic situation, and we think this person likely walked away before speaking with police,” Addison said.

      Anyone with information is asked to contact Vancouver police at 604-717-3012.

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