Updated: Justin James Dodd charged in Friday's alleged hit-and-run wreck

Mounties are investigating Friday
Mounties are investigating Friday's fist fight between two men along Cowichan Lake Road Friday morning. Both suspects are in custody.
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Suspect Justin James Dodd is set to appear in court Tuesday (Aug. 19) to faces charges about an alleged hit-and-run accident Friday on Ingram at Craig street, near Green Door House.

RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday of the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment says in an email its alleged a 1998 Chev pickup was rear-ended at 5:17 p.m. by a 2000 Honda Civic, and the Honda's driver, prohibited from driving, fled the scene.

Suspect Dodd was arrested about 15 minutes later by the Mounties, she tells the News Leader Pictorial.

"The truck driver, a 39-year-old Duncan man, was transported by ambulance to Cowichan District Hospital with non-life threatening injuries."

Suspect Dodd, 26, of Duncan was also injured and taken to CDH for treatment.

He's charged with failing to remain at an accident scene, and driving while prohibited, Hobday says.

Dodd — who remained in custody — also faces a charge concerning an assault that allegedly happened just before the collision, she explains.

The (Honda) vehicle allegedly belongs to Dodd's girlfriend and was insured, says hobday, but Dodd did not have a valid driver's licence.

His girlfriend allegedly left the vehicle, but was still close enough to hear the collision, Hobday notes.

Duncan fire chief Mike McKinlay said the Honda was written off in the collision with the Chev truck.

"The truck's bumper was pushed in quite severely," he said.

The truck driver was attended by firefighters and paramedics, and taken to hospital, he explained.

Witnesses are asked to call police at 748-5522 with any details.


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