Hit-and-run driver claims dog, injures pedestrian

Ranger was hit by a car Saturday night. -
Ranger was hit by a car Saturday night.
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A Richmond family is heartbroken after their dog Ranger died Saturday night following a hit-and-run collision on Shell Road that also injured the wife of the dog’s owner.

Around 8 p.m. on March 3, Ranger, his owner and his owner’s wife were out for a walk, and crossing Shell Road toward Bamfield Gate at a marked crosswalk when what’s described as a four-door dark grey import sedan raced down the street and struck Ranger while clipping the wife of Ranger’s owner.

The Richmond Review was contacted Tuesday by the sister of the dog’s owner, who asked that her family’s name not be published.

The owner’s wife suffered bruising and soreness when she was struck by the vehicle’s side mirror, which was left at the scene and handed over to police investigators.

Ranger didn’t fare so well, and he had to be euthanized because of the extent of his injuries.

“I hope bad karma and the wrath of whatever God you pray to will come down upon you,” wrote Heather M. in an e-mail. “You were driving so fast and recklessly you failed to stop at the crosswalk that is across Shell Road to Bamfield Gate.  Upon doing this you took the life of a beloved family dog, one who had brought joy and happiness to 4 people as well as other extended family members and friends, not just people but fellow dogs as well.”

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said investigators are urging the driver who was responsible to turn himself in.

According to police, the sedan “made no attempt to miss the two pedestrians” who were wearing dark clothing at the time.

Heather said her family is heartbroken.

“This dog was a member of a family not just the pet, and will be missed more than you will ever know.  You crushed his right pelvis, and caused massive internal bleeding. There was so much damage the poor dog had to be put down,” Heather wrote.

Cpl. Turley reminded pedestrians to wear light-coloured and reflective clothing at night, and to not assume a vehicle will stop, even if you are in a marked crosswalk.

“Pedestrians need to make eye contact with every driver/vehicle coming towards them to determine for themselves whether or not it looks like they’re going to stop,” Turley said.

“The investigation is continuing and we’d like to encourage both witnesses and the person responsible to do the right thing and contact police,” Turley said.

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