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Drunk driver flees crash, leaves passenger injured in crushed truck

Jul 26 2012
The Nissan pick-up truck was crushed against the tree after a drunk driver crashed on Rocklands Avenue Wednesday morning. 

The Nissan pick-up truck was crushed against the tree after a drunk driver crashed on Rocklands Avenue Wednesday morning.

Photograph by: Victoria police A 20-year-old Edmonton man is in custody after police say he crashed his truck into a tree on Rocklands Avenue and then fled — leaving his young female passenger pinned in the truck, screaming in pain from a broken pelvis and femur.

According to Victoria police, a drunk driver crashed his Nissan pick-up truck into a tree in the 1700-block of Rocklands Avenue, around 2 a.m. An 18-year-old Victoria woman was left in the vehicle hollering in pain. 

Neighbours called 911 and rushed to the woman’s aid, police said.

Victoria firefighters and paramedics helped remove the woman from the truck. She was rushed to hospital where doctors confirmed she had a broken ankle, femur and pelvis, police said.

 The truck hit the tree with such force that it crushed the engine compartment and sent its hood emblem hurtling 24 metres away, over a two-metre fence and into the neighbour’s yard.

 A K9 dog unit tracked the suspect. Two hours later, at about 5 a.m., the suspect was located hiding in the bushes in Fairfield near St. Charles Street and Warren Gardens. 

 Police are investigating. Crash analysts were on the scene.

The driver is facing charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm, leaving the scene of a collision, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com


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