ID sought for hit and run driver

Police have identified a silver/champagne mini van driven by an elderly driver as possibly being a suspect in the case of a cyclist hit

Police have identified a silver/champagne mini van driven by an elderly driver as possibly being a suspect in the case of a cyclist hit while riding along the Trans Canada Highway near the Save-On-Foods Saturday afternoon.

Daniel Deener, 60, was headed south when struck by a northbound vehicle which had been turning left into the grocery store parking lot. He has been released from hospital and is recovering slowly from a back injury.

Earlier this week Deener expressed his dismay that passersby, who admittedly showed a significant amount of concern for his wellbeing, did not comply with his request to get the information of the vehicle that hit him, sheering his bicycle in two.

Nobody thought to find out who hit him.

But Mounties have a lead.

“Police have identified a silver/champagne mini van driven by an elderly driver in video footage, as a possible suspect,” said North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Krista Hobday.

The licence plate is not visible in the video, however.

Those with information about this incident are encouraged to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522. To maintain anonymity, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Meanwhile, ICBC recommends drivers put their phones and other electronic devices down while driving and be on the lookout for cyclists and pedestrians — particularly when turning near intersections and bus stops. Give yourself extra time and space in the event a sudden stop is required.