Police close investigation into 2018 fatal hit-and-run after learning suspect has died

Kamloops RCMP have concluded their investigation into a hit-and-run that killed a 48-year-old man in downtown Kamloops.

The hit-and-run took place on Seymour Street near First Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 20, 2018.

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Kamloops RCMP initially identified two different vehicles from surveillance camera footage but concluded neither was the vehicle they were after.

But now, RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said police have used DNA evidence to link the hit-and-run to a 75-year-old man who has since died, before police could move their investigation forward.

The male was the registered owner of the suspect vehicle — a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville —which police seized last November.

“Fragmented pieces of the suspect vehicle at the scene and surveillance video from different locations helped identify the model of the suspect vehicle and eliminate makes of other vehicles in the area,” she said.

Once the make and model was known, Shelkie said an officer on patrol spotted the vehicle and police obtained a search warrant to seize it and investigate further.

Shelkie said the investigation has now concluded.

In November 2018, KTW reported that Frank McDermott, the man killed in the hit-and-run, had been released from RCMP custody 5.5 hours prior to his death. An inquiry by the Independent Investigations Office of BC found no fault with Mounties in the man's death.

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