Paper carrier sent to VGH
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Kania's uncle, Jack Kania, says his nephew has a severe back injury, but he is not paralyzed.
Update 1:15 p.m. - The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) has taken over investigation of a crash early this morning in which a newspaper carrier was struck down while delivering newspapers.
Contrary to published reports, the carrier was apparently hit by a vehicle being chased by RCMP and not an RCMP cruiser.
In a brief statement released by IIO, the incident began, according to Kelowna RCMP, about 12:30 a.m. when a vehicle failed to stop for a road check.
"A pursuit reportedly ensued and ended when the subject vehicle struck a pedestrian. The affected person was transported to hospital.
The IIO was notified at 12:58 a.m. and deployed investigators, including a Level 4 Traffic Reconstructionist.
The IIO and RCMP will work within the terms agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the Chief Civilian Director and BC's police services in July, 2012.
The Kelowna RCMP remains responsible for any and all parallel investigations."
The IIO is required to investigate anytime someone suffers serious harm because of police involvement, however removed that involvement may be.
The independent office is canvassing for witnesses to the events. If you have information you are asked to contact the IIO witness information line toll free at 1-855 446-8477.
Original Story 11:47 a.m. - A paper carrier is in critical condition in Kelowna General Hospital after he was hit by a vehicle shortly after 12:30 a.m. Friday.
The crash occurred near Dundas and Dundee just off Highway 33 in Rutland.
The vehicle had apparently blown through a road check prior to the crash. RCMP may have been in pursuit at the time, but this has not been confirmed.
Witnesses say the vehicle hit the paperboy and knocked a fire hydrant several metres from its original position.
BC Ambulance confirmed they transported one patient to KGH in critical condition.
Witnesses at the scene say a man and a woman were arrested, both appeared to be between 40 and 50.
A person at the scene told Castanet that a Capital News van was at the scene.
RCMP are not commenting on the incident.
The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is investigating.
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