Police seek witnesses to aid in investigation of fatal pedestrian collision

Abbotsford Police still need answers in the death last Thursday of Dakota Leslie

Police were on the scene where a 19-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Thursday night at the intersection of Marshall and McCallum roads. The teen later died of his injuries.

Police were on the scene where a 19-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Thursday night at the intersection of Marshall and McCallum roads. The teen later died of his injuries.

The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) is seeking more witnesses to the collision that killed a 19-year-old man last Thursday night.

Const. Ian MacDonald said police are still trying to confirm details such as whether Dakota Leslie was carrying a longboard or riding it at the time of the crash.

He said Leslie was last seen at a downtown Abbotsford business at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, and police are asking for any witnesses that might have seen him from that time until the crash at 9:41 p.m.

MacDonald said police are also asking to hear from drivers/passengers who passed through the intersection of McCallum and Marshall roads at or just before the collision.

Leslie was struck by a Honda Accord that had been travelling west on Marshall Road and was making a right turn on to McCallum. He died in hospital a few hours later at about 2:15 a.m.

The 20-year-old driver has cooperated with police, and a timeline has been established of his movements prior to the collision.

MacDonald said police believe that the traffic light on Marshall Road, for vehicles travelling east-west, was red at the time of the crash, but it’s not known whether Leslie was using the crosswalk at the time.

Potential witnesses are asked to contact the APD at 604-859-5225 or text abbypd (222973).