Langley RCMP have launched what they are a calling an “extremely complex” investigation after a series of hit-and-run collisions, which involved impaired driving and injured teenage pedestrians, occurred on Friday.
Around 3:10 p.m. on September 13, an 18-year-old male leaving Langley Senior Secondary School was hit by a dark-blue Nissan Pathfinder in the 5600 block of 210A Street.
The vehicle fled the scene, allegedly heading west on 56th Avenue.
The male teenager suffered injuries that were non-life-threatening but required medical care. He was later released from hospital.
Then around 3:30 p.m. on September 13, police received a report about a 12-year-old boy walking home from school who was struck by a vehicle of the same description in the 4900 block of 232nd Street in Langley.
The 12-year-old male was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and has remained in critical condition.
Again, the Nissan, which had sustained significant front-end damage, fled the scene, heading south on 232nd Street.
Officers located the vehicle about five minutes after the collision in the 3300 block of 232nd Street. A 19-year-old male passenger was found pushing the vehicle.
The driver, a 29-year-old female from Langley who was believed to be impaired by alcohol, was taken into custody. She had initially refused providing breath samples but when she did later that evening, her results exceeded the legal limit.
She was released from custody but received an administrative driving prohibition.
The male passenger was also arrested after he allegedly tried to hide the vehicle after the collision. As he may have also driven during the day, breath samples were also taken from him as he was also believed to be impaired by alcohol.
Speed is also believed to be a contributing factor in the collisions.
Investigators believe the Nissan Pathfinder drove extensively throughout the Lower Mainland prior to the collisions in Langley. They may have driven through Aldergrove, Walnut Grove, Downtown Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Surrey, before returning to Langley, and they may have been involved in other collisions.
The Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) and Langley RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team are conducting the investigation.
Anyone who has information about these collisions or any other related collisions in neighbouring communities, or anyone with related dashcam footage, is asked to please call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.