The man was hit by a vehicle on Highway 11 between Clayburn Road and Harris Road just after 6 a.m. PT, police said. A statement said he was found badly injured and died at the scene, despite paramedics' efforts.
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Just before 1 p.m. PT, police confirmed the collision was a hit-and-run. An updated statement said investigators had found a suspect vehicle and arrested its driver in relation to the collision.
“As the day gets darker, and the morning commute is darker than it was a month ago, and even the evening commute is darker than it was a month ago, we want people to be mindful of their driving behaviour, slow down, drive in accordance with the road and weather conditions,” he says.
The highway is closed southbound between Clayburn and Harris for "the next few hours" as the investigation continues.
“It was just after six this morning, so it was dark, it had been raining, there was some fog in the area, so there’s a possibility that weather could have played a part, but we just don’t know that yet until we complete the investigation,” he says.
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“Anybody who was in the area that would have dashcam footage, or may have seen something and has yet to come forward and report it, we would obviously like to talk to them, and we would obviously like to get a hold of any dashcam footage from the area as well.
VANCOUVER – A pedestrian was struck at killed in a hit-and-run on an Abbotsford highway early Thursday morning.
Shortly before 6 a.m., Abbotsford police say they were called to a collision on Highway 11 near Clayburn Road. A man in his 50s was badly injured and lifesaving efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. They have not released any information about his identity.
While he says its too early to know what charges could be laid, there is a possibility the driver could be charged for fleeing the scene of a crash, or for dangerous driving causing death.
Just before 7 a.m., the Abbotsford Police Department posted to Twitter saying the highway will be closed between Harris and Clayburn roads "for the next few hours."
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage is asked to contact Abbotsford police.
Please be advised that Highway 11 between Harris and Clayburn will be closed in the Southbound lanes for the next few hours. Please use alternative routes.
He says the route is a common one for commuters, so he’s hoping someone will come forward with dashcam footage to help the find out exactly what happened.
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