Car hits Maple Ridge teen cyclist, drives off

Riding his bike in mid-afternoon on Lougheed Highway, struck by vehicle, rolled on to pavement

  • Dec. 1, 2016 8:00 a.m.
Car hits Maple Ridge teen cyclist, drives off

A Maple Ridge mother is hoping witnesses can help identify a driver who hit and injured her teenage son, then drove away, leaving him in the middle of Lougheed Highway.

Melissa Graham said her son Jacob, 17, was riding his bike at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday along the highway. He had just crossed 228th and was riding in front of the exit from the A&W Restaurant parking lot when he was hit by a car.

He fell onto the roof of the car, then rolled off onto the highway.

Jacob saw a female driver, perhaps 35 or 40 years old, with two passengers in the silver car.

She drove off, said the boy’s mother.

He was almost hit by another vehicle as he lay in a traffic lane on Lougheed, unable to use his leg. He was able to drag himself to the sidewalk, and soon bystanders called 911. Paramedics took him to Ridge Meadows Hospital.

Melissa wants to see the hit-and-run driver held accountable.

“I can’t fathom it – I don’t know how someone can hit a child and just take off,” she said.

Jacob’s left knee was injured, but the extent of which is not yet known. No bones were broken, but there is a serious injury there, said Melissa.

Jacob is on crutches, and is to see an orthopedic surgeon.

Melissa said police are investigating, looking for security camera footage in the area.

She said the hood of the car was likely damaged, and Jacob had silver paint chips on his pants from the car.

• Anyone with any information is asked to call Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604-463-6251.

 

Crash on 240th

There was a two-vehicle crash on 240th Street, near 115th Avenue, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.

The incident involved a Ford pickup and a Hyundai car, and the female driver of the car was taken to Ridge Meadows Hospital by ambulance with undetermined injuries.

There was a long traffic delay on 240th as first responders did their work and both vehicles were towed from the scene.