A man who fled the scene of an accident in the 500-block of Tranquille Road Saturday (Jan. 9) is now facing charges.
Kamloops Mounties responded to the two-vehicle collision just after noon where one vehicle rear-ended another as they each travelled northbound by the intersection with Yew Street.
“The vehicle ahead was about to make a left turn on Yew Street when the vehicle behind kept driving ahead,” RCMP staff Sgt. Mathias Van Laer said in a press release.
The trailing vehicle’s strike caused the leading vehicle to be pushed forward into the intersection, while the trailing vehicle itself carried on forward and crashed into a wooden planter box on the east side of the road, according to police.
Witnesses observed the adult, male driver of the trailing vehicle walk away from the scene before police, fire or ambulance crews arrived, Van Laer said.
The adult, female driver and lone occupant of the vehicle that was rear ended appeared to have minor injuries, and was taken to Royal Inland Hospital as a precaution.
Tranquille Road was closed and traffic rerouted around the scene for about an hour and a half after the crash.
According to police no one was seriously injured as a result of the accident.
Though he fled the scene prior to their arrival, police subsequently identified the uninjured driver within a few hours, and he will be facing charges under the motor vehicle act.
The crash appeared to be a case of distracted driving brought on by “an improperly secured pet inside the vehicle,” Van Laer said.
Police are reminding all drivers to keep their focus on the road while driving to keep everyone safe.