The Victoria Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of auto theft and fleeing the scene of a head-on crash on Fort Street on March 24. (Courtesy VicPD)

The Victoria Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of auto theft and fleeing the scene of a head-on crash on Fort Street on March 24. (Courtesy VicPD)

VicPD seeks suspect after stolen SUV crashes head-on, driver flees

Mid-20s man described as Caucasian, with slim build, medium-length dark brown hair

Victoria police have released photos in a bid to find a suspect in a hit-and-run crash on Fort Street involving a stolen vehicle.

VicPD was called to the 1700-block of Fort Street for a report of a head-on crash on March 24 shortly before 3 p.m. When officers arrived, they were told a white Ford F150 pickup truck travelling east on Fort Street was hit when the driver of a westbound Toyota Highlander crossed the centre line.

The impact was severe enough that the airbags were fully deployed and both vehicles were significantly damaged. Paramedics medically cleared the pickup driver.

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Police were told the driver of the SUV got out, grabbed something from the trunk and left.

While officers were speaking with the F150 driver, they were notified of a 911 call in which a black 2018 Toyota Highlander was reported stolen from a parkade on Yates Street within the previous three hours. VicPD says the stolen vehicle is the same one from the crash.

Using surveillance footage, police identified a suspect. He is described as a Caucasian man, about 24, with a slim build and medium-length dark brown hair. At the time he was wearing a grey hooded jacket with black markings, grey patterned pants, a black ball cap and a backpack. He was also carrying a black bag, an acoustic guitar and a small skateboard with bright yellow wheels.

Anyone with information is asked to call the VicPD report desk at 250-995-7654 ext. 1.


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