06/25/2014 11:57 EDT | Updated 08/25/2014 05:59 EDT

Surrey motorcyclist, 16, killed in hit and run

RCMP in Surrey, B.C., are looking for the driver of a silver Honda Accord that allegedly struck and killed a motorcyclist at the intersection of 96 Avenue and 123A Street just before 11 p.m. PT Tuesday.

Witnesses told police the motorcycle was travelling westbound on 96th Avenue when the Honda, which was travelling eastbound, turned left in front of the motorcycle.

The 16-year-old motorcycle driver, who was from Surrey, was transported to hospital but was later pronounced deceased.

Police say the Honda driver kept travelling north on 123A Street for one block before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot. Attempts to track the driver with a police dog were not successful, but police are attempting to contact the registered owner of the vehicle.  

"Obviously, the vehicle and documents left behind provides our officers with physical evidence that will be crucial as we commence our investigation," says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet.

Police say because the driver fled the scene, the accident is now a criminal investigation.

"Once again, by leaving the scene of an accident, a driver has elevated a Motor Vehicle Act investigation to a criminal matter and will have to suffer the consequences of that decision.”

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS

Google Map: 96 Avenue and 123A Street, Surrey, B.C.