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Tire marks tarnish new Pride crosswalk in West Vancouver

Last Updated Jul 8, 2020 at 1:24 pm PDT

A Pride crosswalk in West Vancouver was defaced Tuesday a week after being unveiled. (Courtesy West Vancouver RCMP)
Summary

A Pride crosswalk in West Vancouver was defaced Tuesday a week after being unveiled

West Vancouver Police has obtained video of a black car that is suspected of leaving tire marks across the crosswalk

The vehicle being sought be police is a 1999-2004 Ford Mustang

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A Pride crosswalk in West Vancouver was defaced with tire marks Tuesday, a week after being unveiled.

Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, staff inside the West Vancouver Police station heard a loud and sustained squealing sound.

West Vancouver Police has obtained a video of a black car that is suspected of leaving the tire marks across a portion of the Pride crosswalk at the intersection of 16th Street and Esquimalt Avenue.

The car sped off and was not located, but the department is now investigating.

“This is very upsetting,” Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy says in a release. “For whatever reason, this person has chosen to leave a gesture of hate on a crosswalk that stands for the exact opposite.”

The vehicle being sought by police is a 1999-2004 Ford Mustang, black with red racing stripes along the top and sides, with a rear spoiler and hood scoop.

Two people appeared to be in the vehicle.

“We have had nothing but support from community members following the installation of the crosswalk, and we know that those people represent the majority,” says Goodmurphy.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Vancouver Police at 604-925-7300 and reference file No. 20-7149. To remain anonymous, visit CrimeStoppers online at solvecrime.ca or call 1-800-222-8477.