West Kelowna man beaten after alleged hit and run

Police dealing with case of vigilante justice in West Kelowna.

  • Jul. 19, 2012 10:00 a.m.

A suspected drunk driver who ran his truck into a child Wednesday night was turned from perpetrator to victim in a matter of minutes, courtesy of local vigilantes.

West Kelowna RCMP received a report of a hit and run involving pedestrians on the 3500 block of McIver Roadd, July 18  at 8:15 p.m.

“Apparently, a grey Ford F150 driven by a 23 year old West Kelowna man had driven into three teenage girls walking along the side of the road,” said Const. Kris Clark.

“One of the girls was unable to avoid the truck and was hit, suffering minor injuries. The driver fled the scene on foot but was followed by two men and assaulted. Both the driver and the injured 12 year old girl were taken to hospital and later released. Police believe alcohol to be a factor in the crash.”

Police have identified one of the men involved in the assault but are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the second.

The unknown suspect is described as a man with a dark or tanned complexion, about five-foot-nine and 180 to 190 pounds, in his late 20s or early 30s.

He had short, brown buzz cut hair and a regular build. The man was seen wearing a tan or beige color ribbed tank top, grey knee length cargo shorts and work boots.

The investigations are ongoing and no charges have yet been laid.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppers.net to report.

Kelowna Capital News