A teen fighting for her life in hospital has died following a hit-and-run in Port Coquitlam Tuesday.
Coquitlam Mounties were called to the intersection of Pitt River Road and Mary Hill Road at 3:30 p.m. to the report of a pedestrian being struck.
Police said the teen was crossing Mary Hill with a friend when a dark-coloured truck hit the girl while she was in the crosswalk.
The driver allegedly stopped for a moment, looked back, but then took off according to RCMP.
The girl was taken to hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.
However, on Wednesday RCMP confirmed the 16-year-old died of her injuries overnight.
The girl's name was not released.
Investigators at the scene noted there were a few witnesses, including the victim's friend, but are hoping more will come forward.
RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said a team of investigators are trying to identify the driver, who could be facing serious charges.
Police are pleading with the driver to come forward.
"A 16-year-old girl has died because of this, and the family is devastated,” Chung said.
The truck was first described as a black Ford F150 with a black canopy driven by an older man with graying hair. But now investigators are asking the public to be consider any type of larger dark truck.
Chung said there is also a possibility the driver could be from the Tri-Cities given the person was using a local street at the time of the incident.
The Coquitlam School District also released a statement Wednesday regarding the incident.
"The loss of one of [our] students is a devastating blow to our school community," the statement read.
"We are providing support to the staff who worked with the student, as well as classmates, through our critical incident response procedures. We will also be working with our community partners, including the RCMP. Our thoughts go out to her family during this sad time.”
Paul Dragomir had just shown up to do some work at the Southside Baptist Church at the corner of Pitt River Road Tuesday.
He didn't see the collision, but said he saw a young girl lying on the ground motionless, while emergency crews were working on her.
"She wasn't moving there," Dragomir told the Tri-Cities NOW.
He was disturbed to learn the driver reportedly took off.
"That is the worst part," he said, adding he has a daughter around the same age.
Bronwen Fairbrother lives a couple houses down from the scene of the incident.
She said the intersection is particularly nasty for collisions, but not normally for pedestrians.
"Normally it's cars hitting cars," she said.
She also pointed out a car crash from a few years back, when a vehicle ended up in a house at the corner of the intersection.
Fairbrother said she plans to be more careful with her two kids when crossing the street at the intersection.
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