BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – A 13-year-old boy has been seriously hurt in a hit-and-run in Burnaby, and Mounties are pleading for whoever is responsible to turn themselves in.
The Burnaby RCMP says the boy was hit in the area of 17th Avenue and Humphries Street just before 5:30 p.m. Monday.
“The boy, unfortunately, does not remember a lot of what happened, but first and foremost what we’re asking for is the driver of the vehicle to please come forward,” Cpl. Mike Kalanj with the Burnaby RCMP says. “We’d like to speak to you.”
The teen suffered broken bones and a concussion, and was taken to the hospital.
There’s currently no description of the suspect vehicle, and Mounties are hoping you can help them track whoever is responsible down.
“We’re asking anyone in the area between 5:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. around Humphries Street and 17th Avenue [on Monday] to please have a look at your dashcam footage or bring it forward for us — we’d like to have a look,” he says. “We know the time, because we know people have heard the incident, but what we’re looking for is a description of the vehicle.”
They’re also looking for any CCTV cameras in the area, or any footage that may have captured the vehicles that were driving in the area.
We’re asking that anyone who was in the area when this collision occurred and witnessed anything suspicious such as a vehicle speeding or skidding to please contact police. Likewise if you have CCTV from the area or dashcam video contact @BurnabyRCMP 2/3
— Burnaby RCMP (@BurnabyRCMP) December 24, 2019
The boy is expected to recover but due to his injuries, the teen and his family will most likely be spending Christmas at the hospital.
“I can’t imagine what they’re going through — I’m a father myself,” Kalanj admits. “I don’t want to imagine what they’re going through. That being said, our investigators would really like to get some answers for the family.”
He notes the family is understandably upset, especially since they don’t have any answers at this time.
“I believe the boy will have some answers moving forward, which is another reason to ask the driver of the vehicle to come forward because as recovery happens, the memories will come back and as the concussion fades, we’ll get some information.”
“Why did he leave?” #Burnaby mom is heartbroken after her 13yr old son was struck in a hit & run Monday. Joseph has a concussion & had surgery for a broken leg. @BurnabyRCMP asking for dashcam/security video to find the driver. Tn at 6pm on @CityNewsVAN @NEWS1130 @BT_Vancouver pic.twitter.com/ZAUmNj56VH
— Isabelle Raghem (@IsabelleRaghem) December 25, 2019
While officers don’t have any indication as to what the vehicle description is, Kalanj says he’s “very confident” officers will find cameras that may have captured what happened before, during, or after the hit-and-run.
“Please come forward,” Kalanj says to the driver. “This young man is in the hospital. His family and him will be spending Christmas recovering from this incident. We’d like to hear what happened from the driver just to hear exactly what they can tell us that happened. But please, please come forward.”
Kalanj is reminding you that it’s the law to stay at the scene of any crash and to exchange information.
“And more importantly, make sure that everyone is OK. It might not necessarily be your fault. I don’t know in this situation, but to leave the scene, it now becomes a different criminal event.”
You can contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604.646.999 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477).