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West Van hit-and-run Tesla driver ticketed

91-year-old driver came forward after seeing media coverage
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Investigators attend the scene of a hit-and-run that sent a 58-year-old man to hospital.

The 91-year-old driver who struck a pedestrian on Taylor Way and kept driving last week has been ticketed.

The incident happened on Jan. 19 when the driver of a Tesla Model X struck a 58-year-old man pushing a shopping cart across the 400 block of Taylor Way. Police put out a call for witnesses, saying it was likely the driver would have known they hit someone.

As a result of the media coverage, the driver did come forward the next day.

“He was fully co-operative with police and claimed to have been unaware that he had struck a pedestrian that morning,” said Const. Kevin Goodmurphy, West Vancouver police spokesman. “Given the facts and circumstances of the incident, as determined by the investigating officer, the driver was issued a violation ticket for [failing to remain at the scene of an accident.]”

The ticket carries at $368 fine.

The victim was taken to hospital but suffered only soft tissue injuries.

Under the Motor Vehicle Act, anyone involved in a collision is required to remain or immediately return to the scene and “render all reasonable assistance.”

The names of people ticketed under the Motor Vehicle Act do not appear in court records unless the accused disputes the ticket in court.