Kelowna man charged following hit-and-run in Saanich

Mother and her two teenage daughters taken to hospital with whiplash injuries after their car sideswiped Feb. 16.

A 44-year-old Kelowna man was slapped with two costly tickets after driving away from a hit-and-run that sent three people to hospital.

On Thursday (Feb. 16), around 9:30 p.m., a black Ford F150 travelling southbound on West Saanich Road crossed the centre line near Interurban Road, sideswiping a northbound Mazda sedan. A mother and her two teenage daughters in the Mazda were taken to hospital with whiplash injuries.

The Ford F150 left the scene, and Saanich police put out an advisory asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle.

Saanich police found the heavily damaged truck abandoned on Linnet Lane around 7 a.m. Friday.

Investigators contacted the truck’s owner, a 44-year-old Sidney man, who said he allowed a friend to borrow his vehicle the night before.

Police spoke with the driver’s friend, a 44-year-old Kelowna man, later in the day, and he admitted to being the driver.

He was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act with failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and driving without due care and attention. Each ticket comes with a $368 fine.

kslavin@saanichnews.com