Participants of reconciliation walk in Mission injured by 'impatient driver,' police say

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RCMP in Mission B.C. are investigating after four people were struck by a pick-up truck on Lougheed Highway while participating in a walk for reconciliation. (CBC - image credit)
RCMP in Mission B.C. are investigating after four people were struck by a pick-up truck on Lougheed Highway while participating in a walk for reconciliation. (CBC - image credit)

UPDATE: Since this story was first published, CBC News has spoken with a victim and a witness of Saturday's hit-and-run. Their story is here. The original story is below. 

Mounties in Mission, B.C., say four people participating in a walk Saturday for reconciliation on Lougheed Highway were hit by a truck being operated by what police describe as an "impatient driver."

Two people were sent to hospital to be treated for injuries.

The walk, organized by the Crazy Indians Brotherhood, was heading from Fraser River Heritage Park to the site of the former St. Mary's Residential School along Lougheed Highway.

Photos online appear to show dozens of people participating in the walk.

Police say the incident occurred when a driver in a pick-up truck became upset, "at being slowed down by the walk," according to a release by the force posted on its Facebook page.

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'Unhappy that their trip was slightly delayed'

Mounties say it was fortunate that no one was seriously injured. They also say that it does not appear that the incident was targeted or had anything to do with the walk's cause.

"At this point this appears to be a case of someone being unhappy that their trip was slightly delayed, and took it upon themselves to endanger the lives of others to try to save a few minutes," said Const. Harrison Mohr with Mission RCMP.

Police said the driver did not remain at scene. No arrests have been made in the case.

RCMP said numerous witnesses have come forward to provide the licence plate of the suspect vehicle.

Police are also asking anyone with dashcam or cell phone video of the incident to contact Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161.

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