Woman dragged under car in East Vancouver crash suffers life-threatening injuries

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A woman has life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car and dragged underneath the vehicle for several blocks during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, which happened about 12:30am in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

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Vancouver Police Department sergeant Steve Addison said the woman was walking near East Hastings and Jackson Street when she was hit. He said the driver was not aware of the collision and drove several blocks to East Hastings and Columbia Street before realizing what had happened.

“When the driver came to a stop, he then realized the woman had been struck and dragged,” Sgt. Addison said.

He said the victim, who has not been identified, was now in hospital with serious and life threatening injuries.

The driver, a man in his 30s, was taken into custody and released pending further investigation.