EDMONTON – A 21-year-old Grande Prairie man is facing numerous criminal hit-and-run charges in connection with an early-morning collision that sent several people to hospital, including a man who continues to fight for his life.
Chris Lane Lindgren is facing numerous charges, including five counts of criminal hit-and-run, and possession of stolen property. Police say more charges could be laid pending the outcome of toxicology results.
Edmonton police believe alcohol may have been a factor in a head-on collision that happened at around 2 a.m. Wednesday near the NAIT main campus.
Police believe a southbound BMW crossed over the centre line on 107 Street near 120 Avenue and collided with a taxi heading north.
The driver of the taxi and three passengers were sent to hospital. One of the passengers, a 25-year-old man, was revived by paramedics while being transported to hospital. He is in critical condition and on life support. The taxi driver is in serious condition. The other two passengers are in non-life threatening condition.
Police say a man and woman inside of the BMW ran away from the scene after the crash.
“When our members got on scene, the occupants of the one vehicle were not on scene. Our canine unit responded and tracked and located the individuals nearby, and we have confirmed they were the ones involved in the one vehicle,” says Inspector Chad Tawfik, with the Edmonton Police Service.
The two people were apprehended by police near 97 Street and 122 Avenue and taken into custody.
Police have charged 21-year-old Chris Lindgren with five counts of criminal hit and run. Police say more charges are pending as they await toxicology results.
Officers planned to reopen 107 Street between 119 and 122 Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.