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Husband of hit-and-run victim makes emotional plea to suspect

“Please do the right thing and turn yourself into police”

For Immediate Release:22-Dec-2017 @ 2:29 PM
MRU #:TR17R052-02

The husband of a woman recently struck by a white van and left for dead in a marked crosswalk in south Edmonton made a public plea to the suspect today to “come forward and take accountability for your actions.”

“You left my wife, a loving woman and devoted mother of our 10-year-old daughter, on the road to die and just drove away,” said an emotional 59-year-old husband, whose wife was involved in a hit-and-run collision just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13th, in a marked crosswalk at 96 Street and 71 Avenue.

His 49-year-old wife and a 64-year-old male complainant had just stepped off an ETS bus nearby, before walking eastbound through the crosswalk, when they were struck by a van travelling southbound through the neighbourhood of Hazeldean.

The driver of the van failed to stop after striking the two pedestrians and remains at large today.

“The driver of that van hit my wife and the other gentlemen and sent them flying 45 feet through the air – and then just kept on driving. I can’t understand it. We’re all human beings. Why would you not show concern, first and foremost, for another human being and stop and assist them.

“They left her there lying on the road with multiple, life-threatening injuries including fractures to her skull, collarbone, pelvis and spinal injuries. I just can’t believe someone would do that and fail to show any remorse or conscience.

“I’m pleading today with the driver of that van, whether you’re a courier, or a contractor or whatever you were doing that evening, to step up and do the right thing and make things right. Turn yourself into police and take accountability for your mistake,” he said with emotion in his voice.

His wife was released from hospital Thursday night, and is now resting at home. The family, he says, feels extremely fortunate they have their loved one home for the holidays.

“It’s been a very traumatizing time for my family,” he said adding, “She’s still in lots of pain and is very drugged up, but she’s home. Despite everything that has happened, that is the best Christmas present our family could wish for.”

The male pedestrian was also released recently from hospital and is also at home in severe pain recovering from multiple fractures. 

Investigators continue to search for the van and the driver involved. The van is believed to be a Chevrolet ¾ ton Express Van or a GMC Savannah, model year 2013 or newer. The van does not have a roof rack and no rear windows.

 

The van initially slowed down after the collision then abruptly fled from the scene. Both pedestrians were treated by EMS and taken to hospital with what appeared to be serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Police have not been able to locate the involved vehicle and the identity of the driver is not known.

The van is white in colour and had an Alberta license plate. The suspect vehicle will have some front end damage.



Major Collision Unit investigators are urging anyone with information about the driver, vehicle or collision to contact the EPS at the non-emergency number, 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

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Please contact Scott Pattison at (780) 421-3553 for more information.

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