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Criminal charge recommended in West Vancouver hit-and-run of cyclist

Stephanie Ip, Postmedia Network

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Police are recommending a criminal charge against a driver who allegedly hit a cyclist in West Vancouver last month and drove off.

On June 10, a cyclist was hit by a pickup truck and taken to hospital with serious injuries. The cyclist, a 48-year-old man, has since been released from hospital but continues to recover from fractures in several ribs, as well as a concussion.

Witnesses at the scene told police the truck, believed to be a Ford F-150, drove away without stopping. Investigators were able to retrieve surveillance footage of the hit-and-run incident in which a truck can be seen passing a cyclist and obscuring the rider and the bike from view; the cyclist is then seen thrown to the ground after the truck passes.

Following a public plea to locate the driver, a 47-year-old West Vancouver man accompanied by a lawyer turned himself in to police.

On Tuesday, West Vancouver police announced they would recommend a charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

The investigation continues and further charges are possible. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police at 604-925-7300.

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