NELSON (NEWS 1130) – The man believed to be responsible for a horrific crash on Highway 3 on Monday afternoon that left a woman dead is being linked to a robbery in Nelson and he’s still on the run.
Police in Nelson say the incident happened at about 4:30 a.m. on Monday, several hours before the collision.
Sergeant Nate Holt says members noticed a suspicious vehicle just prior to that break and enter. “They did not relocate the vehicle and the break and enter occurred at 4:30 a.m. and subsequent to that we received a report of a license plate that was stolen off a black Chevy Equinox rental vehicle. We sat down with the investigators that evening and we discussed the file and we determined the three events were linked. As it turns out the vehicle that was spotted, we believe, was likely involved in the fatal collision.”
The crash between an Equinox SUV and highways maintenance truck happened around 3 p.m. about 10 kilometres east of Hope. The crash sent debris all over the route. A woman in her 30s died at the scene — RCMP had said she was a passenger in the SUV.
He adds they’ve spoken to RCMP to try and nail down a timeline. “When we spoke to them, we liaise with them extensively, we determined that although the two events were directly related — the parties involved were one and the same. And sadly the deceased female, we believe, was also involved in the break and enter, as is the outstanding male.”
The focus for investigators is to find the man involved, who they say does have ties to the Nelson-Kootenays area as well as the Lower Mainland. “This individual is well known to police and has ties across much of southern British Columbia.”
The suspect is described as a 5’9″ or 5’10” white man with olive-coloured skin. He’s 38-years-old. He has dark, short hair and a thin face. He is also believed to have a slim waist, broad shoulders, and facial stubble. He was wearing a white and red motorcycle-style jacket and tan-coloured shorts at the time of the crash.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Fraser Valley Traffic Service RCMP at 604.702.4039, Hope RCMP at 604.869.7750 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS).