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UPDATE: Hit-and-run driver caught after crash into townhouse

The residents of Abercrombie Place townhouse complex, near No. 3 Road and Blundell, had to be evacuated after at least one vehicle caused extensive damage to two townhouse units around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, rupturing two gas lines. - Martin van den Hemel photo
The residents of Abercrombie Place townhouse complex, near No. 3 Road and Blundell, had to be evacuated after at least one vehicle caused extensive damage to two townhouse units around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, rupturing two gas lines.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

Residents of Abercrombie Place had to be evacuated early Wednesday morning following a bizarre hit-and-run crash.

A townhouse resident said she awoke to the sound of a boom shortly after midnight, and peeked through her bedroom window to see a large vehicle back out of her brick-strewn lawn and flee north on No. 3 Road.

She was then greeted by the smell of gas as she ducked her head out the front door, hissing from the bank of six gas meters that had been knocked aside, leaving a sizable dent in a wall.

A survey of the scene suggests this might not have been a one-car accident.

Turns out another townhouse just a few metres away, also had its wooden fence knocked down, with damage to another bank of three gas metres, which were also ruptured.

Based on pieces of a bumper and a reflector left at the scene, the vehicles involved were a  2011 Mercedes ML 350 and a 2010 Jeep Wrangler two-door. The left front wheel flare of a Jeep was left at the scene, which was bright silver in colour. The bumper of the Mercedes was also left on the lawn.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Adriana Peralta said investigators managed to locate the driver of the Jeep thanks to a witness who took note of the licence plate.

Peralta said the Jeep initially struck a white Mercedes, which was driving down No. 3 Road, and the Jeep then plowed into another townhouse unit.

There were no injuries, she said.

No criminal charges were laid against the Jeep's driver, Peralta said, but she noted that the driver was issued three tickets under the Motor Vehicle Act, two for hit-and-run, and one for driving without due care and attention.

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