Thunder Bay Police – The Rest of the Story

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THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Thunder Bay Police Media Release on Automobile Collisions: Do you remember the three collisions in Grandview on May 10th?

This was the information previously released:

“Three Collisions – Four Injured. Police Looking For Driver”

Police are looking for a 23 year old Thunder Bay man who has been identified as the driver of a black Nissan sedan that was involved in three separate collisions last evening in the Grandview area of the city’s north side.

The first collision was called in to police at 8:50 p.m. A white Land Rover being driven by a 54 year old female was eastbound on Van Norman Street. The black Nissan sedan was southbound on Madeline St and ran through the stop sign without stopping, hitting the Land Rover squarely on the driver’s side. There were five occupants in the Land Rover, three of them receiving what turned out to be minor injuries. The driver of the Nissan fled the scene without stopping.

The second collision was called in to police at 8:53 p.m. The same black Nissan had struck a parked Ford Fiesta at Grandview Mall, causing extensive damage. Witnesses state the driver of the Nissan did not stop, and immediately fled the scene.

The third collision took place at 8:56 p.m. at the intersection of Van Norman and Duke Streets. The black Nissan was southbound on Duke St and did not stop for the stop sign at Van Norman Street, then striking a black Honda Civic on the front right side. The male driver of the Civic, the lone occupant, received minor injuries from the crash.

The driver of the Nissan fled on foot prior to arrival of police. The vicinity was checked without success. Investigation is continuing.”

Here’s the rest of the story:

When the police arrived at the scene of the final collision on Duke Street, the 23 year old driver of the Nissan was being checked by EMS paramedics. He had provided his Ontario (photo) Health card, and then surrendered his Ontario (photo) driver’s license to the investigating officer.

He acknowledged to the officer that he was the owner of the Nissan. It was a typical collision scene that involved injuries. Officers had not yet connected the three collisions.

Collision scenes are very busy places, so the officers began to routinely deal with the investigative steps and routine paperwork while the drivers were being checked out by the paramedics.

The investigating officer noticed the Nissan driver leaving the back of the ambulance, and calmly walking over to his car and opening the trunk.

The young man was last seen running – as fast as he could between two houses and then over a fence. The area was checked by all available officers, but the head start seemed to have worked and he was nowhere to be found. It seemed that he wasn’t badly injured!

Of course when the driver’s name was checked on our system, he was found to be on parole. A Canada -wide arrest warrant was issued, but it seemed that the young man had decided to take a little ‘out-of-province’ vacation for a while.

On prudent and proper advice from his lawyer, the young man has since turned himself in to police and has been charged with:

Section 252 Criminal Code of Canada – Fail to Stop at Scene of Collision X2

Section 249 Criminal Code of Canada – Dangerous Driving X3

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