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Suspect arrested in hit-and-run in downtown Montreal injuring two women in their 20s

A woman is helped onto a stretcher by paramedics after a jeep sped down a pedestrianized zone on Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.
A woman is helped onto a stretcher by paramedics after a jeep sped down a pedestrianized zone on Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press

Two Montreal women in their 20s were transported to the hospital with minor injuries after a car hit them and fled the scene, according to police.

Police say a 22-year-old man was arrested by provincial police in connection to the event a few hours later.

“The suspect is facing accusations of impaired driving, dangerous driving and a hit-and-run causing bodily harm,” says Montreal police spokesperson Raphael Bergeron.

The incident occured at around 3 p.m. in downtown Montreal on the corner of Ste-Catherine and Crescent streets.

A person is helped by first responders after a jeep sped down a pedestrian zone on Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.
A person is helped by first responders after a jeep sped down a pedestrian zone on Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The suspect drove through the pedestrian-only stretch on Ste-Catherine street when he hit the two victims, police say.

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The popular street has been closed to cars on weekends to allow for better social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Officers will be meeting with witnesses to better understand the circumstances of the incident, police say. Video surveillance cameras of the neighbouring shops will also be used to help push the investigation.

People look on as a jeep speeds down a pedestrian zone on Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.
People look on as a jeep speeds down a pedestrian zone on Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The victim’s lives are not in danger, police say.