SURREY RCMP announced this week that charges have now been laid in a pedestrian hit and run incident that occurred just over one year ago.

Barry Russell Christiansen, 54, of Surrey has been charged with two counts of fail to stop at an accident scene involving bodily harm. He is scheduled to make a first court appearance on January 21.

On December 3, 2012, shortly before 8 p.m., two female pedestrians were jogging in the 3200-block of 152nd Street crossing westbound on 32nd Avenue when a white-coloured crossover style vehicle attempting to turn southbound onto 152nd Street struck them in the crosswalk. The vehicle did not stop to offer assistance and left the scene.

One pedestrian (51 years old) was airlifted to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, including a head laceration, while the other (54 years old) was taken to hospital with less serious injuries. Both pedestrians had been wearing headlamps and reflective clothing at the time. Within days of the incident, Surrey RCMP released video footage from the incident in order to advance the investigation.

“It is extremely satisfying for our investigators, but especially for the victims and their families, to see that this next legal step has taken place,” says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet. “While the assistance of the public was the key in advancing this investigation, several officers have worked tirelessly to ensure that charges were successfully laid on the accused.”

Police across the region have responded to a number of high profile pedestrian motor vehicle incidents over the past few months and are reminding the public to take the necessary precautions when driving and walking on our roadways, especially at night. Slow down and be extra vigilant of the increased foot traffic and be aware that drivers may not be able to see you in darker conditions.