The Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit are investigating a collision that occurred on the on the Pat Bay Highway this morning that resulted in one driver being transported to hospital.
The collision, which occurred at approximately 8:20 a.m., caused traffic delays for commuting traffic in the area.
Investigation has determined that one of the two vehicles involved lost control in the southbound lane near the intersection of the Pat Bay Highway and Old East Road. The vehicle crossed the raised traffic island, across two lanes of travel in the northbound lanes, struck a cement barrier, careened across the two northbound lanes at second time, crossed the raised traffic island, and ended up back into the southbound lanes. The vehicle came to rest on the shoulder of the southbound lanes and was heavily damaged.
The vehicle, an early 1990’s model Honda, was being driven by a 19 year old female who was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A second vehicle, believed to be directly involved in this incident, initially stopped at the scene. However, as witnesses were tending to the injured driver of the first vehicle, the driver of the second vehicle left the scene.
“Our investigators would like to speak with the driver of the second vehicle that was directly involved in this incident” Sgt. Steve Eassie said. “We understand that the driver may have initially stopped at the scene. However, the driver had an obligation to identify himself, and to exchange information with the other driver. Information that we have received indicates that the driver simply departed without making attempts to do so”.
A description of the second vehicle involved in this collision is as follows: an older model (possibly early 1990’s) light blue Mercedes sedan, with the Mercedes emblem mounted on the hood, not in the grill area of the vehicle. The driver was described as a male, between the ages of 30 and 50 years, and appeared to be the only occupant of the vehicle.
Anyone that may have information about this collision, or about the identity of the second driver involved in this collision, are asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Sgt. Steve Eassie #158