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UPDATE: Driver linked to Port Coquitlam hit-and-run steps forward

A cyclist was seriously injured while biking home at around midnight on the Mary Hill bypass, at Kingsway Avenue, in Port Coquitlam last month. - SHANE MACKICHAN
A cyclist was seriously injured while biking home at around midnight on the Mary Hill bypass, at Kingsway Avenue, in Port Coquitlam last month.
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The driver involved in an alleged hit-and-run collision on the Mary Hill Bypass last month that left a cyclist seriously injured has turned himself in to police.

Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said the suspect came forward on Saturday, one day after traffic services investigators held a press conference identifying the type of vehicle involved in the collision and urged the driver to come forward.

While the driver is cooperating with police and turned his vehicle over to investigators, Chung said it could be a while until charges are approved.

"We still need more information about what happend before, during and after the collision to corroborate his account," he told The Tri-City News. "From that point, we will put everything we find out and all the evidence and send it to Crown."

On Friday, a day before the suspect turned himself in, police made an appeal to the public, asking anyone with information about a 2006 or 2007 Toyota Tacoma that may have recently had repairs to come forward.

The request to the public followed an incident on July 30, when cyclist Bruce Rickman of Pitt Meadows was struck just before midnight on the Mary Hill Bypass, just north of Kingsway Avenue in Port Coquitlam. According to police, Rickman was riding home from work on the east shoulder when he was hit by the truck.

The victim was recently released from the intensive care unit and the family has asked for privacy at this time.

Despite the fact that police have identified the driver, Chung said that witnesses are urged to come forward.

"It doesn't matter how small people think the information is," he said. "Only we know if its valuable."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2014-21316. Those who wish to provide information anonymously can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by going online at www.solvecrime.ca.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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