First responders were on the scene at West Oaks Mall following a collision involving a pedestrian on Sept. 29, 2020. (Kevin MacDonald file photo)

First responders were on the scene at West Oaks Mall following a collision involving a pedestrian on Sept. 29, 2020. (Kevin MacDonald file photo)

Man charged in relation to hit-and-run that injured pedestrian in Abbotsford

Collision took place in September 2020 in crosswalk at West Oaks Mall

A man has been charged in relation to a hit-and-run collision at West Oaks Mall in Abbotsford last September that seriously injured a pedestrian.

Jos Lucien Jacques Boulay, 77, has been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident, according to the provincial court database. He was scheduled to make his first appearance in Abbotsford provincial court on Thursday (May 6).

The collision took place just after 7 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2020 in a crosswalk in front of London Drugs at West Oaks Mall.

At the time, police said a 58-year-old woman was critically injured, and the vehicle involved was seen briefly stopping before leaving the scene.

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On Oct. 2, police released a photo of the suspect vehicle – a silver van with tinted rear windows – and described the driver as 5’ 6” to 5’ 10”, 50 to 60 years old, and with a medium build.

A composite sketch of the driver was released on Oct. 16.

Police at that time said the driver had briefly stopped and spoken to people in the area, but left as passersby were tending to the injured pedestrian.

The driver did not leave any contact information, police said.

In November, police said they believed they had identified the van and driver and that charges were pending.

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The pedestrian, Sharon Beckett, sustained substantial injuries in the crash, including a broken ankle, shoulder, neck and back. She also had a fractured face and skull, and had to have surgery to repair her eye.

A GoFundMe campaign was organized to help cover costs associated with her recovery.

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Police in October released a photo of a vehicle believed to be involved in a hit-and-run pedestrian crash outside West Oaks Mall in Abbotsford on Sept. 29, as well as a composite sketch of the suspected driver.

Police in October released a photo of a vehicle believed to be involved in a hit-and-run pedestrian crash outside West Oaks Mall in Abbotsford on Sept. 29, as well as a composite sketch of the suspected driver.