UPDATE: Vancouver-area man victim of hit and run in Mission

Lougheed Highway closed for several hours while police investigate

RCMP

RCMP

The suspect vehicle in a fatal hit and run Friday night is now in police custody.

A body of a 35-year-old Vancouver area man was found in a ditch Saturday morning by a BC Ambulance crew driving on the Lougheed Highway about one kilometre east of the Visitor Information Centre.

A black 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee was turned over to police by its registered owner, said Sgt. Shaun Wright. “Police will be conducting a forensic examination of the vehicle.”

No charges have been laid yet and police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Police believe the victim, whose name has not been released, was walking on the shoulder of the highway when he was struck. The victim didn’t have a fixed address, but according to RCMP, he spent most of his time in the Vancouver area and has made trips to the Fraser Valley in the past.

Anyone who may have seen anything in the area related to this incident is urged to call Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161.

A 35-year-old Vancouver area man was the victim of a hit and run Friday night.

BC Ambulance personnel driving on the Lougheed Highway about one kilometre east of the Visitor Information Centre found the deceased male in the ditch along with debris from a vehicle around 11 a.m. Saturday, said RCMP Sgt. Shaun Wright.

The highway was closed for several hours while police examined the scene. The road reopened around 3:30 p.m.

“We believed it happened sometime overnight, but we don’t know when,” said Wright.

Police believe the victim was walking on the shoulder of the highway when he was struck. The driver would’ve known the vehicle struck something, but may not have known it was a person, said Wright.

There wasn’t enough debris at the scene to provide a conclusive description of the vehicle, noted Wright.

The victim didn’t have a fixed address, but police said he spent most of his time in the Vancouver area, and he has made trips to the Fraser Valley in the past. The identity of the victim has not been released.

Anyone who may have seen anything in the area related to the incident is asked to call Mission RMP at 604-826-7161.