The search continues for a suspected hitand-run driver involved in a crash that killed teen in Port Coquitlam Tuesday.
As of Thursday, Coquitlam Mounties were still looking for the driver of the truck involved in the deadly crash.
RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said a team of investigators is trying to identify the driver, who could be facing serious charges.
Police are also urging the driver to come forward.
"A 16-yearold girl has died because of this, and the family is devastated," Chung said.
Police were called to the intersection of Pitt River Road and Mary Hill Road at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a pedestrian being struck.
Investigators 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 lifethreatening injuries.
However, on Wednesday RCMP confirmed the 16-year-old had died of her injuries overnight.
The girl's name was not released, however, several media outlets have identified the teen as Annie Leung, a Riverside Secondary student.
Investigators at the scene noted there were a few witnesses, including the victim's friend, but are hoping more will come forward.
The truck was first described as a black Ford F-150 with a black canopy driven by an older man with greying hair. But now investigators are asking the public to 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.
School District 43 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 of 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 mentioned a car crash from a few years back, when a vehicle ended up in 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.
George Siegle used to live in the area near McLean Avenue and has made repeated calls to RCMP over the years to get more enforcement for speeders.
He said he gave up two years ago, and wasn't surprised to hear about the deadly incident along the corridor.
"It was just a matter of time," Siegle said, noting he still travels the area regularly.
He's critical of the city and RCMP response to the concerns of residents in the area, suggesting a lack of traffic enforcement along the corridor.
Siegle suggested a fix would involve ensuring all commercial traffic uses the proper bypass route, and slowing down traffic in general.
In 2009, the city's community safety committee heard from residents who brought forward concerns about traffic safety on Pitt River Road, but at the time no action was taken until the completion of an ICBC study.
PoCo Mayor Greg Moore said the corridor has undergone two safety audits in the last four years, while substantial changes have been made to all of the intersection along the Pitt River corridor.
"It's not as though the city has neglected that corridor. "We've put a lot of effort into that corridor in the last few years," he said, adding the city engaged residents, looked at data and brought in engineers to make the area safer.
Though Moore suggested the city could take another look at the intersection in question, he said it's too early to jump to conclusions that the road was the reason behind the incident. Instead, the mayor said efforts should be focused on finding the driver.
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