MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS1130) – A roads maintenance worker is recovering after being struck in a hit and run in Maple Ridge yesterday morning. Mounties are looking for a silver Nissan Altima and the driver that hit the man around 240th Street and Lougheed Highway. Police say the car was speeding.
“Police believe the driver deliberately targeted the workers from what witnesses have told them but admit the driver could have been impaired and thought s/he swerved to avoid a collision thinking they were doing the right thing,” says Sgt. Dale Somerville.
The workers ran towards the middle of the four-lane highway to avoid the car, but RCMP say the vehicle headed straight for them. It first hit a work truck, then one of the workers before stopping briefly. The car then took off towards Mission.
“We have a good relationship with ICBC and if the insurer gets a claim for a Nissan Altima with a missing mirror and damage ICBC will let us know. Based on their collision claims, we can usually marry up that information pretty quickly and track down the owner of the vehicle,” adds Somerville.
The passenger side mirror was torn off when it hit the victim. Investigators think the Nissan Altima was made sometime between 2006 and 2012 but don’t have the licence plate number.
The victim has back and leg injuries. If you have any information or saw anything you are asked to call Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604.463.6251 or CrimeStoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS.