Alleged hit-and-run driver and family member arrested by Vancouver police

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Victim was from Ireland


VANCOUVER Police announced on Tuesday that they had arrested the alleged driver in a hit-and-run collision that killed a 24-year-old pedestrian on  Sunday night in Kitsilano.

“We asked for help to solve this crime, and after receiving significant information from the public, VPD officers identified the suspected driver and arrested him yesterday at his home in Vancouver for the fatal hit-and-run,” said Sgt. Steve Addison.

“We also arrested one of the driver’s family members and are investigating whether that person acted as an accomplice after the fatal collision.”

The victim was walking close to home around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday when he was struck and killed by a vehicle that was allegedly speeding near West 4th Avenue and Arbutus Street. The driver fled, but a number of bystanders stayed behind, attempted to help the victim, and provided valuable information to police.

Investigators from VPD’s Patrol Division, Collision Investigation Unit, and Major Crime Section worked throughout Monday to collect evidence, which led them to the suspect’s residence in South Vancouver yesterday afternoon.

The alleged driver, 25, and a 63-year-old family member were taken into custody without incident. Charges have not yet been approved and the investigation is ongoing.

The victim was from Ireland and their family is headed for Canada.

Anyone with information who has not yet come forward is asked to call VPD’s Collision Investigation Unit at 604-717-3012