Arrests made in Bell Island hit and runs

Colin MacLean
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Bell Island RCMP have arrested two men in connection with several hit and runs on the island in mid August.

A 42-year-old man has been charged with multiple counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, impaired operation of a motor vehicle and driving without insurance.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with obstructing a police officer and operation of a vehicle without insurance.

Police are not ruling out more charges as their investigation continues.

Both men have had court dates set for Nov. 27, 2012.

The RCMP has stated that it would like to thank the public for its assistance in this investigation.

These charges stem from two incidents on Bell Island on the night of Aug. 19. Three women were injured within minutes of each other.

Around 11:15 p.m., that night, someone reporting a hit and run called the RCMP to 10 Commandments Rd.

While officers were on their way to that incident they got a second call reporting another hit and run a short distance away.

The first incident sent a female victim to the local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The victims of the second accident, two female youths, were transported to hospital with more serious injuries. One was sent to St. John's for further treatment. The results of her injuries have not been reported on since the crash.

A vehicle that was believed to have been used in the collisions was located by a police dog a short time later.

One man was tracked into the woods and arrested. A second man was arrested a short time later. They were both released pending charge.

Geographic location: Bell Island

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Recent comments

  • mary
    October 09, 2012 - 23:23

    it is rather ironic that on bellisland , were the majority of people you run into a day can tell you who, what and where it was done, they know everyone's business, the can tell you who buys groceries, who cheats, who drinks to much, and who is not a good person, but when you really need them to open up and say what they saw, the all become closed mouth, shame on you residents of bellisland. you should hang your head in shame.

    • FC
      October 10, 2012 - 09:28

      Well said Mary. Kudos to whomever spoke up and provided the evidence that was required to charge these individuals.

  • mini
    October 09, 2012 - 17:20

    im sorry but when more then one person has seen this person leave the bar drunk im sure there all not making it up .and i hope they get what they desurve just sayin..and if it was your kids u would want the ppl to pay for what they have done

  • Jeff
    October 08, 2012 - 18:26

    I hate being negative but how in the world can you have a hit and run on Bell Island go unsolved for 2 months?? That's like holding up a store at the mall and not leaving and taking 2 months to get caught.

    • FC
      October 09, 2012 - 08:26

      It is one thing to be aware of the guilty is another to provide evidence and proof. Without either, you could not lay charges. This is called the justice system. Innocent until PROVEN guilty!

    • Jeff
      October 09, 2012 - 11:42

      Thanks tips... Never knew that. That's exactly what I mean. Takes 2 months to prove that a person hit and ran from someone on an island the size of bowring park.

    • Barbie
      October 09, 2012 - 18:33

      Im a mother of three kids and all i have to say is im happy they got them .