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Police are crediting local media in locating the driver of a pickup truck involved in a collision last week.
On Feb. 6, police were seeking the driver of a red pickup truck that collided with a green Chevrolet Uplander van at the intersection of Clarkson and Windsor Streets around 3:30 p.m.
Witnesses told police the truck driver had stopped and talked with the driver of the van and on Feb. 7, police told the media he had not left his name or other necessary information for a proper police report.
After the news story was published, police located the driver of the truck who had been out of town.
He contacted police immediately when he returned to the city.
Police said in a media release that the truck driver's recollection of the collision was substantially different than that of the driver of the van, but was consistent with the physical evidence and statements from independent witnesses.
"A further twist is that it is alleged that the driver of the minivan told the driver of the pickup to leave before the police arrived," the release states.
A 47-year-old Thunder Bay man has been charged with careless driving in the original collision and public mischief for allegedly intentionally misleading police in the investigation.
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