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Updated: Fatal hit-and-run on Boys Road

Investigators survey the scene of a Sunday morning incident on Boys Road. - Andrew Leong
Investigators survey the scene of a Sunday morning incident on Boys Road.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Seventeen-year-old Duncan boy Daniel Hopkins has been identified as the victim of Sunday morning's hit-and-run on Boys Road.

A 24-year-old Duncan woman, meanwhile, was held in police custody for about 12 hours after she turned herself in to the RCMP in connection with the incident.

Police say she was held on charges of failing to remain at the scene of an accident under the Criminal Code of Canada, and was released from custody at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. She is scheduled to appear in court on June 5.

Mounties, meanwhile, say they're continuing to actively investigate the crash that killed Hopkins.

Police had located him lying on the road with serious injuries at about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

He was transported by ambulance to Cowichan District Hospital, and then moved to Victoria General Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition and placed on life support.

He died as a result of his injuries just before 8 p.m. on Sunday.

About 24 hours after the boy was hit, a woman arrived at the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Detachment and told police that she was involved.

"Police are currently investigating the female's claims as well as to what extent she may have been involved. In addition, police have seized a suspect vehicle for examination," Cpl. Kevin Day said in a press release late Monday morning.

South Island Traffic Services and the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are working with an Island District Reconstructionist and the Criminal Crash Investigation Team to uncover what happened.

Police have requested that the family's privacy is respected during their time of grief and loss.

Anyone with information about the fatal hit-and-run is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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