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Woman in serious condition after high-speed crash in Nanaimo

RCMP are asking the public for any dash-cam footage showing the crash or one of the drivers fleeing the scene.
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Nanaimo RCMP said the crash happened about 4:45 p.m. July 28, 2022, on the Trans-Canada Highway between Nanaimo River and Morden roads. TIMES COLONIST FILE PHOTO

A rollover crash involving two vehicles in Nanaimo sent a woman to hospital in serious condition and resulted in the arrest of another driver for suspected impaired driving and excessive speed.

Nanaimo RCMP said the crash happened about 4:45 p.m. last Thursday on the Trans-Canada Highway between Nanaimo River and Morden roads.

The vehicles involved were a blue Hyundai Santa Fe and a red Volkswagen Tiguan. The driver of the Hyundai, who was shirtless at the time, fled from the crash scene. RCMP used a police dog to locate the man, who was arrested a short distance away.

RCMP said impairment and speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors to the collision.

A female passenger in the Volkswagen was taken to hospital in serious condition. Her husband, who was driving the vehicle, was treated and released at the scene. The victim’s dog ran off but was located by a good Samaritan, said RCMP.

“This was a very serious collision that occurred at a high rate of speed and resulted in significant injuries,” said Const. Simon Gallimore.

Police request that anyone with dashcam footage of the collision contact investigators. Footage of the Hyundai prior to the collision or of the driver fleeing would also be of “significant value to the investigation,” Gallimore said.

Call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file No. 2022-25978.