Wednesday April 18, 2012

Local News

Pedestrian Killed

Driver arrested, police seek witnesses to hit and run

Released by Cpl. T. Hollingsorth, RCMP/Voice photo


Police cordon off the accident scene were a man was struck and killed Sunday.


olice are looking for witnesses after a 37 year old Chilliwack man was struck and killed by an alleged hit and run driver on April 15, 2012, shortly before 8:00 PM.


Darcy Garnot was walking with his girlfriend on the sidewalk east along First Avenue near Nowell Street when a vehicle drove up and struck him from behind. Darcy was transported by Emergency Health Services to the Chilliwack General Hospital by where he later died as a result of his injuries.

The alleged driver and the suspect vehicle were located by police the very next morning , April 16. He was subsequently arrested and his vehicle seized.

Officers from the Lower Mainland District Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services examined the scene, assisting the Chilliwack RCMP Traffic Section with the investigation. This investigation has been a collaborative effort of resources from the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Criminal Crash Investigative Team, Chilliwack RCMP General Duty, Chilliwack RCMP Serious Crime Unit, and Lower Mainland District Forensic Services.

Sixty-year old Gary Allain, of Chilliwack, has been arrested and charged with Criminal Negligence Causing Death, and Failure to Stop Causing Death. His next court appearance is on May 8, 2012. The victim and suspect were not known to each other.

"We were very pleased to have the suspect in custody so quickly after this horrific incident," says Corporal Tammy Hollingsworth. "This is a tragic loss of life and our thoughts are with Darcy's family and friends."

The police are still looking for witnesses from this tragic hit and run incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


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