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North Vancouver man charged in hit-and-run on teenager

Victim was left with brain injury
Ped hit and run web
North Vancouver RCMP members investigate a hit-and-run that has left a teen in critical condition.

A North Vancouver man has now been charged in the January hit-and-run that left a local teen with brain injuries.

On Jan. 25, 17-year-old Grace Haines was out for a run when a driver struck her down in the crosswalk on Keith Road at St. Andrews Avenue. A passerby found her unconscious and severely injured around 10:15 p.m.

North Vancouver RCMP arrested a suspect later that night but they also put out a request for witnesses who may have had dashcam footage of a newer model white vehicle between Lynn Valley Centre and the scene of the crash.

After a lengthy investigation by the RCMP’s Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, the Crown has now sworn one charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm against Zachary James Holt, a 25-year-old North Vancouver resident.

Initially, Haines was left partially paralyzed from the collision. In May, her father told the North Shore News she was slowly regaining control of the left side of her body.

While on bail, Holt is under court orders to not have any contact with Haines or her family.

Holt is due back in North Vancouver provincial court in September.