September 12, 2017 3:02 pm
Updated: September 12, 2017 11:08 pm

Car crash on Highway 3 near Hope leaves one woman dead; police still looking for driver

WATCH: RCMP are looking for a man who fled a fatal accident on the Hope-Princeton Highway by stealing a vehicle at the scene. John Hua has the details.


RCMP are looking for help identifying a suspect believed to be involved in a car accident on Highway 3 that left a woman dead.

On Monday at about 3 p.m., officers responded from Fraser Valley Traffic Service and Hope to a crash involving an Equinox SUV and maintenance truck about 10 kilometres east of Hope.

According to Mounties, the SUV was believed to be travelling southbound before colliding with the truck. A woman in her 30s, who was a passenger in the SUV, died as a result of the crash.

The driver of the SUV allegedly fled the scene immediately after the crash in a white Ford F350 truck, which was stolen from a Good Samaritan who had stopped to help and left his truck unattended.

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The suspect is described as: Caucasian, about 5’9″ to 5’10” tall, with dark, short-cut hair. He has a thin face with some stubble and is said to have a thin waist, broad shoulders and was wearing a white-and-red-coloured motorcylce-style jacket with tan shorts.

“We believe that the suspect travelled to Hope in the white Ford F350 he stole from the Good Samaritan who stopped to help,” RCMP Traffic spokesperson Const. Melissa Wutke said in a statement.

“We have now recovered that truck, but are still seeking the suspect and information from anyone who may have dealt with him since the crash yesterday afternoon. If you see him, do not approach him and please call 9-1-1 immediately.”

Highway 3 was closed for several hours Monday evening while police investigated the scene. It has since been re-opened.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Fraser Valley RCMP at 604-702-4039, Hope RCMP at 604-869-7750 or Crime Stoppers.

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