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2014-01-15 at 14:44

Seeking witnesses

Thunder Bay Police Service handout
By tbnewswatch.com

City police are looking for witnesses to what they call a serious hit and run crash.

Officials with the Thunder Bay Police Service say the collision took place at about 3:15 a.m. on Sunday, Jan 12, at the intersection of Memorial Avenue and the Harbour Expressway.

Police say a grey Hyundai Elantra was stopped for a red light and facing south on Memorial Avenue when it was struck from behind by a black Dodge pickup truck. The truck was said to be travelling at a “substantial speed” at the time of the crash.

Police say the car was propelled forward as a result of the crash and came to a rest at the Harbour Expressway entrance ramp.

The driver for the black pickup truck fled the scene with the vehicle, which police officers found a short time afterwards at a nearby home.

Police are now asking anyone with information about this, crash, or the driver involved, to contact the Thunder Bay Police Service’s traffic unit.

There was a passenger in the back seat of the car at at the time of the crash, however no serious injuries have been reported as a result of the collision.

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Kidknapp says:
Leaving the scene of an accident after a collision of that magnitude??? Sounds like the driver was guilty of something else and didn't want to be caught there.
1/17/2014 8:43:52 AM
razor_burn says:
Should of followed them and called the police or went vigilante on them. That elantra is front wheel drive and is still driveable. I know what I would of done but they won't post it. Haha.
1/17/2014 2:59:38 AM
mysha says:
I know the family of one of the victims and pray that the "person" who was responsible marinades in shame/guilt and that it eats away at them... you are adult enough to drive...be an adult and confess to the crime.

I so hope that the "person" gets proven guilty and these people who were acting responsibly and had the true misfortune of being at that intersection can move on and recover quickly.

My apologies to anyone's sensitivities, however, this vile and unforgivable act should be punished quickly and severely.
1/16/2014 5:42:44 PM
AAKK says:
What has this got to do with dogs in the backseat? Where would you prefer dogs to be when travelling, tied to the roof with a cape, so if a collision were to happen your dog could fly to safety, while your kids are strapped in the dangerous backseat of your car?
How about you stick to worrying about actual problems.
1/16/2014 1:48:07 PM
Dockboy says:
Enough of the dog scenario's. The person who was hit by that idiot is lucky to be alive!
1/16/2014 9:50:05 AM
nat_geo says:
This is why I cringe when I see people driving with their dog blockaded in the back of their vehicle. The heat from the sun beating in the back window is bad enough, but what chance would your dog have to survive if you were rear ended?
1/15/2014 11:15:31 PM
sd says:
What if you are driving towards the sun and the back area would be more in the shade? Im also gonna go out on a limb and say that the majority of accidents are not rear ending situations. So where would you say is the best place for an animal? You are likely one of those people who have the dog in the front seat or even on your lap. Tell me how likely they are to survive a head on collision???
1/16/2014 12:02:39 AM
pub27 says:
Pets should be fastened the same as the driver or passenger...and yes they have harnesses that buckle up to your vehicles seat belts, if you travel with your pet use them.
1/16/2014 11:14:04 AM
nat_geo says:
Lets try some common sense. During the day when the sun is directly overhead there is little to no shade in the back area regardless of which direction you are driving. When its 25 degrees in the middle of summer, you're putting your dog in an oven, especially in these compact cars.

The most common collisions are in fact rear ender's, caused by following too close, improper lane changes, and road conditions (winter). The safest place for your pet is in the middle or back seats of the vehicle, not in the hatch. That's why your kids are not placed in the front seat or the hatch either, because its not safe for them there.

No, I don't drive with my 100lb dog on my lap, but judging by your defensiveness I'm going to guess you're one of those who puts your dog in the hatch or in the box of your truck?
1/16/2014 1:18:57 PM
DougMyers says:
Your comment comes from true ignorance. That car did exactly what it was designed to do. Although it looks bad in pictures the passenger compartment is in good shape while the crumple zone did its job and absorbed the impact. Whether it be a person or a pet, the back seat of this vehicle would have been a relatively safe place to be, as noted by article
"There was a passenger in the back seat of the car at at the time of the crash, however no serious injuries have been reported as a result of the collision."

Shall we not have passengers in the back seat as well?

If you were rear ended hard enough to damage the rar passenger compartment, you have much bigger issues to contend with including injuries to all passengers in that vehicle.

1/16/2014 9:00:20 AM
Heinicke says:
People who drive with their animals loose in the vehicle are foolish, period.
What do you think would happen to the animal if you were in a crash, or someone hit the vehicle at a high rate of impact? Anywhere in the vehicle is unsafe for a loose pet.
No thought to what an animal would do to the passengers once it is flying around the vehicle interior after a crash, much as an unbelted passenger. So foolish.
1/16/2014 9:51:11 AM
sandstorm says:
If the cops have the truck.. then they must have the persons name.. release the name..

This looks nothing like an Elantra.. wow.
1/15/2014 6:58:07 PM
sd says:
They may have the vehicle, but that doesn't mean that the owner was the driver, perhaps it was stolen?
1/15/2014 11:59:15 PM
sandstorm says:
They usually say when the truck is stolen. I've read enough TBNewswatch articles to catch on to how they report.
1/16/2014 3:22:29 AM
Vanity says:
WOW Lucky No One Was Killed!
1/15/2014 3:19:51 PM
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