Man charged in hit and run that badly hurt couple walking near Westbrook Mall

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Two pedestrians were seriously injured in a hit-and-run near Westbrook Mall on Dec. 13, 2020. (Submitted to CBC - image credit)
Two pedestrians were seriously injured in a hit-and-run near Westbrook Mall on Dec. 13, 2020. (Submitted to CBC - image credit)

A 28-year-old man faces multiple charges in a hit and run that badly injured a couple who were walking near Westbrook Mall in southwest Calgary last December.

A couple was walking at the intersection of 13th Avenue S.W. and 37th Street S.W. at about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 when they were hit by a sedan, police said at the time.

The driver fled the scene by travelling northbound on 37th Street S.W.

Steven Albert Henry Verdenhalven, 28, has been charged with two counts of hit and run causing bodily harm, and one count of careless driving, police said in news release issued Friday.

The collision left a 37-year-old man in critical condition and a 38-year-old-woman in serious condition.

Both were transported to hospital, where police said Friday the man remains in serious but stable condition.

Family members of the couple said in December that the man's parents witnessed the accident, and urged anyone with information to contact police.

The Calgary Police Service acknowledged people that came forward in its release on Friday.

"We would like to thank the media and members of the public who provided information crucial to the resolution of this investigation," police said.