Charges related to triple fatal hit and run collision of November 3, 2019

Kamloops City

2020-09-25 14:17 PDT

File # 2019-38526

On Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:40 a.m Kamloops RCMP responded to a vehicle collision on 1st Avenue and Battle Street. A 2008 red Dodge Charger was southbound on 1st Avenue with four men on board. This vehicle had the right of way as it passed through the intersection at Battle Street. A blue 2019 Ford Ranger was driving westbound on Battle Street at excessive speed and failed to stop at a stop sign, entering the intersection and striking the Dodge Charger causing a major collision.

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As a result of this collision, three of the men died from injuries sustained in the crash and the fourth male suffered non-life threatening injuries. The offending driver of the Ford Ranger fled the scene without rendering assistance, calling for emergency help or contacting RCMP.

The three men who died were aged 22, 27 and 30. The surviving male is 24. All were residents of Kamloops at the time.

Our investigation revealed the four men in the Charger were international students and alumni from Thompson Rivers University. They had spent the evening in downtown Kamloops and were responsibly using a designated driver to get themselves home safely. At the time of the collision, these men were doing exactly what they should have been doing and in no way contributed to collision. - S/Sgt Simon Pillay - RCMP Plain clothes Commander.

Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit assumed control of the investigation. At about 3:30 p.m. on November 3, 2019 the registered owner of the Ford Ranger, Reid McKnight, 31 years old, of Kamloops, was located at his residence and arrested. He was released from custody later that day while the investigation continued.

On November 4, 2019 investigators executed a search warrant at the residence of Reid McKnight where evidence and firearms unrelated to the collision were seized. Through the course of this investigation several technical investigative processes were used to forensically examine the collision scene, seize biological evidence, secure digital evidence and locate conventional evidence. This information was compiled, analysed and sent to the BC Prosecution Service for charge assessment.

On September 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Reid McKnight was arrested and charged with the following offences:

  1. Operate a vehicle that was involved in an accident with another vehicle, and knowing that (or being reckless as to whether) that accident resulted in death, failed to stop, contrary to Section 320.16 (3) of the Criminal Code;
  2. Dangerous Driving Causing Death (X3 counts) contrary to Section 320.13(3) of the Criminal Code;
  3. Careless storage of a firearm, contrary to Section 86(1) of the Criminal Code;
  4. Storage of firearms contrary to regulation, contrary to Section 86(2) of the Criminal Code.

It is not uncommon for police to identify a suspect early in an investigation but require additional time to investigate and analyse evidence. There were some technical aspects to this case that took significant time and effort to secure. To meet the rigorous standards our judicial system requires, we seek to complete our investigations to the highest possible standards, but this takes time which I know can be distressing to those waiting for answers. We turned to the public for help several times in this case to identify additional witnesses. As ususal, the citizens of Kamloops answered these calls and several people came forward with very important information. The RCMP would specifically like to thank those who rushed to the aid of these men, many jumping out of bed and running into the street to render assistance. Several businesses and organizations also cooperated with police requests for things like surveillance video and it is that fulsome community support that brings justice to those adversely affected by criminal acts. - S/Sgt Simon Pillay.

Reid McKnight will appear in court on a date yet to be determined.

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Unfortunately, we do not have a Media Relations Officer available at this time. However, S/Sgt Pillay will attempt to answer requests for interviews as operations allow. Kindly contact by simon.pillay@rcmp-grc.gc.ca with follow up questions or to request a call-back.

Released by:
S/Sgt Simon Pillay
Kamloops RCMP - Plain clothes Commander
 

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