Friday, December 28, 2012

In the Hazelton's, a reminder of the dangers of hitchhiking

The RCMP in the Hazelton's are investigating an incident that underscores the dangerous nature of hitch hiking, especially in the current atmosphere of concern surrounding Highway 16 or the Highway of Tears as it has become known as.

A Kispiox resident escaped a frightening incident on Monday afternoon,  having hitched a ride with a motorist, the woman became concerned over his behaviour and asked to be let out of the car.

He refused to pull over, and began heading in a direction other than where she had intended to go. That left the young woman with no option in her mind but to jump through the window of the moving van, taking her chance when the motorist slowed down at a bridge crossing.

RCMP are seeking more information on the situation, the vehicle is a red minivan, the driver a heavy set, Caucasian male, with grey hair, age of 40 to 50. He was last seen wearing a jean jacket and was wearing dark brown glasses.

At the time of the incident the minivan was last seen driving towards Highway 16.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the New Hazelton RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Terrace Standard-- Police seek northwestern BC minivan driver
CBC-- Hitchhiker leaps to safety from moving van
Opinion 250-- Young Woman Jumps through window in Hitchhiking incident
Vancouver Province-- Female Hitchhiker leaps to safety from red minivan
CFTK-- Kispiox Hitchhiker Escapes Frightening Situation

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