July 17, 2014 2:40 pm
Updated: July 17, 2014 2:57 pm

IHIT takes over possible deliberate hit-and-run in Abbotsford

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VANCOUVER – The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has now taken over the case of what appears to be a deliberate hit-and-run in Abbotsford.

Police say a 41-year-old man was struck in the 2200-block of McKenzie Road at about 5 p.m. on Friday, July 11, and he was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. On July 13 he succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

He has now been identified as Dwayne McCormick.

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On July 12, Mario Richard Delellis was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

In a release, IHIT says there is evidence to suggest this hit-and-run may have been a deliberate act.

“The investigation to date suggests that this incident stemmed from an argument between the suspect and a resident in the area. The victim, who also resides in the area, became engaged in this argument which precipitated his injuries and ultimately his death,” says S/Sgt. Jennifer Pound.

IHIT will continue to gather evidence and speak with potential witnesses.

IHIT is asking anyone with information, who have not already spoken with police, to come forward and call the IHIT tipline 1-877-551-4448.

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