Delayed report hampers hit-and-run investigation

An 81-year-old Victoria man’s vehicle was damaged in a hit and run

An 81-year-old Victoria man’s vehicle was damaged in a hit and run, near the Oak Bay Municipal Hall parking lot.

The challenge for police lies in investigating the complaint that was reported on March 6, seven days after the collision on Feb. 29 around 11 a.m.

“I think he was a little bit shocked, was not in a position to get the licence plate number (and) just got a very vague description of the vehicle,” said Deputy Police Chief Kent Thom. “We’re not even sure at this point if the other driver would have been aware that they hit this vehicle. It doesn’t appear that the person that hit this other vehicle took off in a hurry.”

The man was encouraged by ICBC to report the incident, during which he claims his 1994 Mazda 626 suffered $2,000 when it was struck by an older station wagon near Granite Street.

Witnesses are asked to call Oak Bay police at 250-592-2424.