Hit and run fraudster ID'd

Alanna Kelly

A hit and run incident that was captured on surveillance video might be solved thanks to a Castanet reader who recognizes the culprit. 

The incident unfolded on April 12 at Dakoda’s Sports Bar & Grill when a man in a white truck backed into a red truck and allegedly pretended to call an insurance company.

“He faked calling ICBC in front of a witness, and for that reason, the witness did not take down the plates,” says Will Gilchrist.

Gilchrist called police and ICBC and was told no claims had been made.

After the Castanet story was published, an individual who asked to remain anonymous, called saying they recognized the man in the video as a Joe Rich resident.

“He’s a prolific drunk driver,” said the tipster. “He would have been driving the vehicle without a license.”

The tipster said the man's boots and hand gestures in the video confirmed 100 per cent it is the same person they know. 

“Oh ya… that’s him. His hand gesturing, whenever he is drunk his hands are always flailing like that, plus his workboots. That’s him, I know it.”

Kelowna RCMP said they cannot comment on the new information in order to protect the police investigation.

"The RCMP would communicate with the complainant directly on the status of any investigation," she Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey.

Castanet has tried to speak with the individual but he did not respond to our requests. We’ve also passed along his contact information to the RCMP in Kelowna. 

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