A 62-year-old Surrey resident has been arrested in relation to a fatal hit-and-run that killed a teenage motorcyclist on Tuesday evening.
Kevin Dhillon, a 16-year-old boy, was killed in the hit-and-run accident.
It happened around 11 p.m. at 96 Avenue and 123 A Street. Several witnesses told police they saw a silver Honda Accord with a demonstration plate D5 9840 travelling eastbound on 96 Avenue in the fast lane, signalling to turn left to go north on 123A Street. At that time, the motorcycle, travelling westbound on 96 Avenue through the intersection, collided with the Honda when the driver turned left in front of the motorcycle.
Police say the driver of the car kept travelling north on 123A Street for one block before abandoning the car and fleeing on foot.
The suspect, who has not been named, was arrested late Wednesday afternoon at his home on charges of criminal negligence causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
Police say the suspect is cooperating with police and has been released from custody until a comprehensive disclosure package can be forwarded to Crown Counsel at which time the suspect will be summoned to court.
“Although we are still in the early stages of what will be a lengthy criminal investigation, the arrest of the driver is obviously crucial to its success. We also hope that it helps bring closure to the victim’s family and loved ones,” says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet.
Paquet says the suspect is known to them, but not for an incident of similar nature.
“He is not someone we deal with on a regular basis,” he says.
Police say they will continue to collect evidence including mechanical, engineer and reconstructionist reports including multiple witnesses statements before charges can be approved.
Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca
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