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Man seriously injured in crash on Highway 97 involving stolen vehicle

A 31-year-old former Prince George man is in Vancouver with life-threatening injuries after apparently crashing a stolen car north of Hixon Sunday.

At 8:35 a.m. on August 22, the 100 Mile House RCMP received a request to check the well-being of a man who was staying at a local hotel. Officers attended, however, the man had already departed. A description of the vehicle associated to the man was provided to police.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., a Quesnel RCMP officer saw the vehicle associated to the man and attempted to stop him. The vehicle failed to stop and was last seen heading northbound toward Prince George.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the Prince George RCMP received a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Camp Creek Rd., south of Prince George. While officers were en route to the collision, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a carjacking that had occurred on the north side of Hixon; the suspect had allegedly assaulted the owner of the vehicle before driving away in his car.

Officers and other emergency services attended the scene of the crash, where they determined that the vehicle involved was the car that had just been stolen, and the driver was the subject of the 100 Mile House wellness check request from that morning. Witnesses to the crash reported that the vehicle had been driving erratically prior to leaving the roadway and rolling over. The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries and has since been transferred to Vancouver for medical care.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are being considered against the 31-year-old male driver, who is a former Prince George resident. Anyone with information regarding the carjacking or collision is asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at (250) 561-3300.


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