UPDATE: Dec. 6, 2012: A 53-year-old Surrey man has been arrested by RCMP for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
B.C. RCMP have released video footage of a hit and run as they continue to search for the driver who struck two joggers in Surrey. The development comes during a rash of serious pedestrian-vehicle accidents in the Lower Mainland.
On Monday night, two women were jogging westbound in a Surrey crosswalk when a white "crossover style" vehicle attempting to turn left southbound struck them. The vehicle did not stop.
A 51-year-old woman is in hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, including a head laceration, while a 54-year-old woman was treated for less serious injuries and released. Both joggers were wearing headlamps and reflective clothing at the time.
The video released by RCMP on Wednesday comes from an intersection camera in the 3200 block of 152nd Street where the accident happened. At the 3:40 mark of the video (or 19:43:45 on the top left timestamp), the suspect vehicle can be seen hitting the women in the crosswalk.
"It is our hope that this new evidence will prompt anyone who might have been a witness to contact the Surrey RCMP as soon as possible," said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet.
"We would like to remind the driver involved that it is never too late to do the right thing. It is always better to approach the police than have the police approach you."
On Sunday, a 43-year-old mother of two was killed in a hit and run in East Vancouver. Police said the driver, who did not stop, may have known someone was hit but not how seriously that person was injured.
Also on Sunday, a woman walking with her husband was killed in Mission when she was struck by a car. Police later found a blue Honda Accord believed to have been the suspect vehicle.
Last week, a 19-year-old woman was killed and a 21-year-old man was seriously injured when they were hit by an SUV in East Vancouver, reported CBC News.
The Insurance Corporation of BC says the number of pedestrian injuries increases in Metro Vancouver in November and December compared to the summer because of early darkness and bad weather, reported News 1130.
Drivers should actually think about what they would do if they were involved in a hit and run accident, ICBC psychologist John Vavrik told the radio station.
"I know that no one expects this to happen but you kind of have to set your moral compass before you set out on the road," he explained, so that you don't have to rely on "gut instinct" if you are in that situation.
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