First-degree murder charges laid in Vancouver Island hit-and-run: RCMP

The driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run on Vancouver Island has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

The Comox Valley RCMP says officers received reports that a cyclist had been hit and was hurt on the Comox Valley Parkway in Courtenay just before 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.

Despite providing first aid to the victim, the cyclist died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

Police say the suspect was found Saturday and taken into custody. Steven Squires, 45, has since been charged with first-degree murder and failure to stop after an accident causing death.

No further details were provided about the charges or the circumstances around the crash. However, the RCMP says Squires remains in custody.

Investigators are now asking anyone with information about this case to contact the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit at 250-380-6211.

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