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Police arrest hit-run suspect after victim left injured on side of road in Goulds


Four pedestrians, two with serious injuries, sent to hospital within four hours in St. John's metro Saturday night

One man will face charges after he was arrested after allegedly striking a pedestrian and leaving the injured victim on the side of a busy road.

It was dangerous Saturday night for pedestrians all around the St. John’s metro region. Four of them were sent to hospital after being struck by vehicles, two with serious injuries.

The worst collision happened in Mount Pearl just after 5 p.m. when a man and woman were struck by the same car. The woman was sent to hospital with what were described as very serious injuries.

The incident happened on Commonwealth Avenue near Edinburgh Drive just after 5 p.m. in the southbound lane. When The Telegram arrived on scene, St. John’s Regional Fire Department were tending to the two victims who were lying on the road.

The woman and her male companion were both conscious and communicating with first responders before the arrival of two Eastern Health ambulances. The man was also taken to hospital, but his injuries were not considered as serious as the woman’s. The car that struck the pair was sitting nearby with extensive damage to its windshield and the driver was being questioned by police.

In a second incident, a woman received serious injuries when she was struck by a car on St. Thomas Line in Paradise. That collision happened south of Paradise Road just before 9 p.m. When The Telegram arrived on scene, the victim was being treated in the back of an Eastern Health ambulance and an RNC accident investigation officer was examining the area.

About the same time, another pedestrian in the Goulds area of St. John’s was the victim of a hit-and-run when the vehicle that struck him left the scene as the man lay injured on the side of Main Road near Lake View Drive.

In a tweet late Saturday, the RNC said they were looking for a grey two-door 2011 Honda Civic with licence plate #JKT 094.

No information is available as to the extent of the man’s injuries.

In an early Sunday morning report police said the vehicle and its operator were located sometime later in the north end of the city. A 38-year-old man was arrested and charged with hit and run causing bodily harm. He was also issued a summary offence ticket for driving without insurance. In addition to being held for a court appearance in the morning his vehicle was seized.

In all three incidents, the roads were closed to facilitate the investigations.

More details will be provided as they become available.

EARLIER STORY:

A woman was sent to hospital with what were described as very serious injuries after two pedestrians were struck by a car in Mount Pearl Saturday night.

The incident happened on Commonwealth Avenue near Edinburgh Drive just after 5 p.m. in the southbound lane.

When the Telegram arrived on scene, St. John’s Regional Fire Department paramedics were tending to the two victims who were lying on the road. The woman and her male companion were both conscious and communicating with first responders before the arrival of two Eastern Health ambulances.

The man was also taken to hospital but his injuries were not considered as serious as the woman’s.

The car that struck the pair was sitting nearby with extensive damage to its windshield and the driver was being questioned by police.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary closed Commonwealth Avenue in the area to investigate the incident.

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