Vancouver – An alleged hit-and-run driver has been charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of a 24-year-old pedestrian in Kitsilano last June, following a complex Vancouver Police investigation.

The victim and a friend were crossing West 4th Avenue at Arbutus Street around 11:30 p.m. June 19, 2022 when he was struck and killed. The driver failed to stop or offer assistance.

Alexandre Romero-Arata, 26, has now been charged with criminal negligence causing death, fail to stop at the scene of an accident, and public mischief.

“Hit and run investigations can be lengthy, challenging and complex,” says Constable Tania Visintin. “In this case, investigators from VPD’s Collision Investigation Unit and Major Crime Section spent months gathering pertinent evidence that led to the identity of the person we believe was driving the vehicle when this tragic incident happened.”

Romero-Arata remains in custody until his next court appearance.