Police seek hit and run driver after pedestrian knocked into ditch

The suspect vehicle was described as a smoky-grey, newer model four-door SUV or Jeep type vehicle

A hit and run driver knocked a pedestrian into the ditch on Tuesday and Campbell River RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the driver.

Nicholas Benner was walking along Petersen Road Dec. 1 at approximately 6 p.m. in pouring rain with poor visibility.

“I was walking towards Petersen from Willis. I noticed there was a vehicle turned onto Willis,” Benner said.

Benner had his cap pulled down to protect himself from the rain while walking along the shoulder of the road.

“Next thing I knew I got hit, spun around and went into the ditch,” Benner said.

“The vehicle did not stop he kept going towards the inland highway.”

The incident left Benner in pain and possibly a fractured arm.

“My whole right hand side of my ribs was sore,” he said. “I might have a hairline fracture of my forearm.”

The suspect vehicle was described as a smoky-grey, newer model four-door SUV or Jeep type vehicle missing a passenger side mirror.

If anyone has further information regarding this vehicle, you are asked to contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221 or Crime Stoppers and reference file 2015-14264.