Eganville – Four days after an incident in Eganville that saw residents in the Maple Ridge Drive neighbourhood being asked not to leave their properties, Ontario Provincial Police officers are continuing an investigation into a rollover crash that saw the driver flee the area.
The incident began to unfold at about 4:40 p.m. Friday when a car failed to negotiate a curve on Bonnechere Street East (Hwy. 60), rolled over and came to rest on its roof in the front yard of a residence. The vehicle ended up less than 20 feet from the residence and also narrowly missed smashing into a utility pole.
Occupants of the home at 169 Bonnechere Street and several neighbours heard the crash and immediately went out outside to investigate. A male was seen walking away from the wreckage, limping, and heading across the highway. The individual continued north into the area known as Maple Ridge Estates and disappeared.
An Ontario Provincial Police officer attached to the Community Street Crime Unit was travelling east through the village and came upon the mishap shortly after it occurred. Other officers from Killaloe and Renfrew detachments were soon on scene and were later joined by the OPP Emergency Response Team, and a Canine Unit from Lanark. Officers and the dog searched the forested area between Bonnechere Valley and North Algona Wilberforce Townships but did not locate the suspect.
There were no other occupants in the vehicle.
Paramedics from the nearby Eganville Ambulance base were first to arrive on scene and they were later joined by personnel from the Eganville Station of the Bonnechere Valley Fire Department.
One man who resides in the area said he went outside to investigate after hearing the noise and watched as a male limped away from the scene.
“I shouted at him to stop, but he continued to walk away,” he said.
Const. Cathy Yarmel, media relations officer at the Killaloe OPP detachment, said as the investigation continues police are asking anyone with information surrounding the crash to contact Killaloe OPP at 613-757-2600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Police would not say at press time Tuesday whether or not the driver of the vehicle was located.