Hit and run caused by alcohol, speed: police

A 33-year-old woman was hit by a car at the corner of Black Street and Second Avenue on Friday morning. Bystanders rushed to her aid before paramedics arrived, says a police release.

A 33-year-old woman was hit by a car at the corner of Black Street and Second Avenue on Friday morning.

Bystanders rushed to her aid before paramedics arrived, says a police release.

One witness in a vehicle chased the dangerous driver through town, alerting police to his whereabouts.

The hit-and-run happened around 8:45 a.m. and the driver was caught several blocks away by RCMP.

The victim was treated at Whitehorse General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

A 24-year-old man from Dawson City was arrested and charges are pending.

Alcohol and speed are believed to be a factor, says the release.

RCMP could not be reached for further comment.

Whitehorse trucker dies near Fort Nelson

A 64-year-old Whitehorse man was killed after his 18-wheeler smashed into a bridge near Fort Nelson last Wednesday.

“The road was rather slick,” said Sgt. Tom Roy of the Fort Nelson RCMP detachment. “We drove from Fort Nelson and the road wasn’t particularly friendly.”

The sky was clear and the weather was warm.

“I think that was part of the problem because the frost was coming out of the road,” said Roy.

Highway 97 crosses the Racing River six kilometres south of Toad River.

A 90-degree turn precedes the bridge and a sign recommends drivers drop their speed to 50 kilometres an hour.

“He missed the curb, hit the bridge, and tumbled down the embankment towards the river,” said Roy.

The tractor stayed on the embankment, but the trailer rolled onto the frozen river.

“It landed right on the ice and scattered its contents all over the ice on the river,” said Roy.

The trailer and the grocery items were picked up Thursday afternoon, he said.

The tractor was removed Wednesday night and taken to Fort Nelson for mechanical inspections.

The driver’s wife was contacted by Whitehorse RCMP Wednesday night, but Roy did not know if the man’s name could be released.

Car smashes into livingroom, kitchen

A 46 year-old man drove his car into the livingroom and kitchen of a Copper Ridge home Saturday.

The driver was travelling north on Lazulite Drive when he took a sudden right turn at the intersection with Diamond Way, according to an RCMP news release.

The car crossed the intersection and a front yard before smashing into the south side of the house.

Neither the driver nor the residents, who were in the house, were hurt.

The home, though, was “damaged substantially.”

RCMP are investigating and alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Police seek help in Atlin hit-and-run

Atlin RCMP are asking the public for clues surrounding a brutal hit-and-run in the small BC town.

Michael Point was hit by an unknown vehicle while walking to the Whitehorse bus stop on Warm Bay Road on November 20.

Point, who was tying his shoelace when he was hit, was able to pick himself up and spent more than two hours walking several kilometers back into town.

He huddled, frozen, in a laundromat until someone came to help.

Point was found at 8:30 a.m., more than three hours after his ordeal began.

Point suffered damage to his spleen, liver, kidneys, and lungs. He also sustained several broken ribs. He was treated at Whitehorse General Hospital.

After conducting an investigation, the RCMP are asking for help. Anyone who was driving or saw someone driving between 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. in Atlin on November 20 are urged to call the RCMP detachment at 205-651-7511.

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