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Vancouver police renew plea for witnesses after man shoved into oncoming traffic

Last Updated Nov 21, 2018 at 12:12 pm PDT

A screengrab from dashcam footage released by the VPD, showing a man being pushed into oncoming traffic. He was hit by an SUV. (Source: VPD)

Man was pushed into traffic on E. Hastings St and was hit by an SUV

VPD still looking for the person responsible for pushing a man into oncoming traffic

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Four months after a man was shoved into traffic near the PNE, Vancouver police are still looking for the person responsible.

It happened on E. Hastings St. near Windermere St. at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15.

Police said two men were leaving a concert and were walking on the north side of Hastings St. when they stopped to check on a woman who appeared intoxicated.

According to the VPD the woman was okay, so the men continued walking. That’s when the woman’s friend attacked one of them.

“Seconds later, he just runs up behind them and pushes the male, which puts him into traffic and he gets run over,” said VPD Cst. Jason Doucette back in July.

The 37-year-old man from Surrey was left with serious injuries.

The driver of the white SUV that hit the man pulled over and waited for police. Police said he was not at fault, as dashcam footage shows he did not have time to stop.

Some passersby tried to hold the suspect there, but he was gone before police arrived.

The VPD released a composite sketch of the suspect.

A composite sketch of a suspect in an assault where a man was pushed into oncoming traffic on E. Hastings Street on July 15, 2018. (Courtesy: Vancouver Police)

He is described as a white man in his mid-20s. He was 6’0″ to 6’2″ tall with a heavy athletic build. He had short dark hair and dark stubble on his face, and was wearing a black crew-neck t-shirt and dark shorts.

The woman is described as Asian, in her early to mid-20s, and 5’2″ to 5’4″ tall. She has a slim build and medium-length black hair. She is believed to have been wearing a white tank-top or possibly a sun dress.

“It is unusual, in the sense that we haven’t arrested anyone yet — I use the word ‘yet.’ We’re asking anyone, including the person in the video — if that’s you — and you’ve not yet spoken to police, to come forward,” said Doucette.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call detectives at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 – With files from Sonia Aslam and Hana Mae Nassar