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UPDATE: Elderly woman killed in Coquitlam hit-and-run

No arrests have been made but police have impounded a vehicle and spoken with a person of interest in last week's deadly hit-and-run collision in Coquitlam.

The incident, which occurred along Austin Avenue between Schoolhouse and Decaire Street shortly before 2 p.m., left an 88-year-old woman dead.

Initially, the woman was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital in critical condition, however within an hour police had announced that she had succumbed to her injuries. The victim has not been identified.

A neighbour told CTV News he tried to administer CPR to the woman before emergency crews arrived.

Trevor Stewart said he heard a scream and looked over to see a car backing up in the home’s driveway before hearing another scream.

He ran over to the house to find the elderly woman, who he said lives at the home with her son and who often prays and walks in the yard.

“I saw her red scarf and her clothes sitting there so I immediately knew it was her,” he said. “I went in the house to see if there was anybody there and I couldn’t find anybody so I ran back and took her vitals and then I started doing some CPR on her.”

He said the woman worked as a greeter at her son’s acupuncture business, which operates out of the home.

Austin remained closed for all of rush hour and motorists were advised to avoid the area while police conducted their investigation.

A description of the suspect vehicle has not been released but police are hoping that anyone with information about the incident can call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2014-1438.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

-with files from CTV News

 

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