An firefighter braces a man's spine

Surrey hit-and-run goes bad for teen driver

Two young Good Samaritans give chase to corral a fleeing 16-year-old back to the scene of a crash that trapped senior in his vehicle

Eric Gatey, 20, was chopping wood in the front of his parents’ Guildford home on Monday around noon when he heard the loud screech and crash.

He and his bud Casey Le ran out to see if everything was all right.

Just as they did, someone came running from the accident, shoulder-checked Le, and kept running. Someone from the accident yelled ,”It’s a hit-and-run, it’s a hit-and-run,” Gatey remembers hearing.

Gatey and Le ran in directions to cut off the fleeing 16-year-old male, and they were joined by two neighbours.

The teen put up a scrap when they grabbed him, yelling “f*%*ing let go of me.”

However, the group of four Good Samaritans took the teen back to the accident.

He was surrounded by onlookers when he went into his car, grabbed a bag of cash, and passed it to a woman in the crowd.

Witnesses say he asked for her number so he could get the cash back later.

The teen then grabbed a bag of marijuana from his car, witnesses say, and threw the bag – covered in blood – over a fence.

Police arrived and the woman who took the money gave it to RCMP saying she only held on to it so he wouldn’t run away again.

The series of events started at about noon Monday as the teen was heading westbound on 88 Avenue at 140 Street in a 2004 Toyota Camry, when a collision occurred between his car and a 1993 Buick  going north on 140 Street.

The injured teen got out and fled, leaving an 85-year-old man trapped in the Buick. The senior had to be extracted from the vehicle and was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said Tuesday they have recovered a bag with several thousand dollars in it, another bag with a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and five cellphones in the teen’s possession.

He was taken hospital, treated for minor injuries and brought back to police lock-up. He has since been released, but is likely facing several driving-related charges, along with drug-related offences.

Gatey said he’s still amazed at the events that took place outside his home Monday.

“Definitely only happens in Surrey,” Gatey said.

Police don’t recommend confronting people who may be involved in a crime, preferring instead to having witnesses observe and report.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said it’s fortunate that no one was seriously hurt in the accident.

The two Samaritans were key, Paquet said, in bringing the person who fled to justice.


Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

APRIL 4: Two people in Delta fined for trying to re-sell N95 masks

Man injured in reported stabbing near Surrey SkyTrain station

Incident happened around 9 p.m. Friday night

PHOTOS: The day 28,000 Lollapalooza-goers rocked Cloverdale in 1994

Fans share memories of drugs, bad Smashing Pumpkins, Nick Cave walk-off and ‘letdown’ of Surrey date

Surrey veteran feels pinch from COVID-19 after cancelled surgery

Caught between two countries, and low income, soldier feels he’s been forgotten

Surrey parents, students navigate remote learning during COVID-19

The Surrey school district teachers are slowly rolling out plans for new way of educating

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

TransLink to reduce service on some bus routes, SeaBus, West Coast Express

Changes start April 6 ‘due to low ridership and financial pressures’ amid COVID-19

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Vancouver man, 21, charged after mother found dead in Squamish home

Ryan Grantham, 21, has been charged with second-degree murder

Most Read