A dad has permanent spinal damage after a crash Monday night on Fraser Highway – the fourth in a string of erratic hit-and-run rear-enders that police believe all involved the same driver.
Surrey RCMP say on Jan. 27 just before 9 p.m., a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV was driving west on Fraser Highway near 184 Street when it rear ended a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis three times. The Hyundai fled the scene and kept driving west on Fraser Highway.
The Mercury followed and saw the Hyundai strike another car at 176 Street. While the car that was hit pulled over, the offending driver kept going.
When it reached 152 Street, the Hyundai then attempted to squeeze between two vehicles and struck a 2005 Toyota Camry.
Again, the SUV did not stop and continued further on Fraser Highway, where it was involved in a fourth collision.
This time, a Saturn Vue carrying a 10-year-old boy and his dad was hit from behind, near 145 Street.
The Saturn was sent spinning into oncoming traffic and was struck on the passenger side by an oncoming Toyota Tacoma pickup.
The boy and 53-year-old driver of the Saturn were taken to hospital in critical condition.
On Friday, police confirmed that while the child has now been released from hospital and is doing okay, his dad has permanent, life-altering spinal injuries.
The Hyundai lost control after the crash with the Saturn and veered into a ditch. The suspect driver had minor injuries and went to hospital briefly before being arrested and spending the night in custody. Investigators believe alcohol and excessive speed may have contributed to the series of crashes.
Charges have yet to be laid as the investigation is ongoing.
The woman driving the Tacoma suffered a broken arm and wrist, while the drivers and passengers from the first two collisions were not injured.
Police say they have yet to hear from the occupant(s) in the second car hit near 176 Street and are interested in speaking with them.
Witnesses who saw the Hyundai Santa Fe leading up to and/or during any of the crashes are also sought.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team at 604-599-0502, quoting file #2015-13251.