Cops receive video of woman stepping between van and trailer

Update on horrific incident

The Vancouver police have received a surveillance video of a Burnaby woman moments before she was involved in a horrific accident. 

Desiree Evancio, 24, was dragged underneath a moving vehicle for several blocks, crushing her face and leaving her with life-threatening injuries, according to CTV News Vancouver.

Evancio was attempting to cross the street at East Hastings and Jackson Avenue in the early hours of Saturday, Oct. 12, when she was caught between a van and cargo trailer.

Police believe the driver with Illinois plates didn't realize at the time that Evancio was there until he stopped, blocks later.

“There’s no conclusions being made at this time,” said Sgt. Aaron Roed. “We can confirm there is evidence which indicates the victim walked between the van and the cargo trailer as it was stopped in traffic.”

CTV News says witnesses outside of the SBC Restaurant say they saw a body underneath a van and trailer.

Off With Their Heads, an American punk-rock band had suspended their tour in connection with the investigation due to a Facebook post stating: “an accident a band member was involved in."

The band has not confirmed who was involved because the investigation remains ongoing but band member Ryan Young told CTV News: “All I can say is that I am heartbroken for (the victim).”

Vancouver police have also not confirmed who the driver was but have confirmed the person is American and they are continuing the investigation to see if alcohol was involved.

Evancio remains in hospital undergoing several surgeries and is set to receive a prosthetic eye. 

An update from Evancio's sister on her GoFundMe page says: “The surgical team was able to use muscle and tissue from her stomach to cover the area of her brain that was exposed and seal it off.”

It is expected Evancio will remain hospitalized for 6-12 months with recovery taking much longer.

-With files from CTV News Vancouver

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