UPDATE: Over $34,000 raised for woman seriously injured in a hit and run
Vancouver police are looking for the driver suspected of committing a hit and run early this morning that sent a young woman to hospital with a serious head injury.
The victim has been identified by family and friends as 26-year-old communications consultant Ovey Yeung.
Police say the incident happened shortly after 4 a.m. on Pacific Boulevard between Abbott and Carrall Street.
Ovey was walking along Pacific Boulevard with a friend when she was hit.
After being struck by the vehicle, she was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition.
Her family is still waiting on a prognosis.
“We don’t know what is going on just yet,” Ovey’s older sister Ardelis Yeung told Global News. “We will just have to wait and see.”
Ardelis says her sister has been slightly responsive so far.
“It is very hard to say if she will make a full recovery. At this point, it is just a waiting game. We will have to wait and only time will tell,” she says.
Family and friends have launched a campaign to help raise money for her recovery. Over $34,000 has been raised since Tuesday.
Yeung is pleading with any witnesses to come forward.
“To the driver, I am sure you feel awful right now about what you have done,” she says. “But the longer you wait, the worse it is going to get for yourself. And if you truly feel bad, you will come forward and help us out.”
Ardelis says Ovey is a very ambitious young woman with a long, fulfilling life ahead of her.
“We’d really like to see this not impede her too much,” she says.
Police are looking for a dark-coloured Honda Civic, which could have frontend damage. They do not have a driver description.
Video obtained by police shows there may have been several witnesses to the incident including two people standing on the corner of Abbott and Pacific, and someone on rollerblades across the street.
Anyone with information is asked to call the VPD Collision Investigation Unit at (604) 717-3012 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.