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Driver hits, chats, then runs, leaving injured pedestrian

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White Rock RCMP are looking for a blond woman in her 40s and an older-model, red Mazda sedan with black trim in connection with a pedestrian hit-and-run Tuesday.

A 39-year-old South Surrey woman was treated in hospital and released Jan. 10 after being struck by a car while walking westbound on Thrift Avenue, Const. Janelle Shoihet said in a news release issued Thursday morning.

The victim was hit by a northbound vehicle that allegedly ran a stop sign around 7:10 p.m., as she crossed an alley just west of Johnston Road. She didn't report the incident to police until the next day.

Shoihet told Peace Arch News it's possible the driver didn't know the pedestrian was injured.

She apparently stopped and spoke with the victim briefly, then left the scene eastbound on Thrift Avenue.

The victim told police she can't remember the conversation, but suspects she told the driver she wasn't hurt, Shoihet said.

Regardless, police are investigating it as a hit-and-run.

"It wasn't until (the victim) was walking away she realized she was hurt more than she thought she was," Shoihet said.

"There was scuff marks all over her boots. She thought if she hadn't jumped out of the way, she would've been under the lady's car."

Police are appealing for the driver – described as a 40- to 45-year-old Caucasian woman, with shoulder-length blond hair and a medium build – to come forward.

As well, anyone who may have witnessed the collision or with information regarding the identity of the driver is asked to contact police at 778-593-3600. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Shoihet noted the incident offers lessons to drivers and pedestrians alike: all parties in a collision should always exchange contact information, even if injury or damage isn't immediately obvious; and, pedestrians walking at night should take care to wear reflective or light-coloured clothing.

"We're lucky here. Had (the victim) been wearing reflective clothing, maybe the driver would've seen her sooner," Shoihet said.

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