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Cumberland man charged with murder in relation to Feb. 8 fatal hit-and-run

The Comox Valley RCMP has made an arrest in relation to the fatal hit-and-run on the Comox Valley Parkway on Feb. 8.

On the evening of Feb. 8, Rod Kelly was run down while cycling on the Comox Parkway, between Courtenay and Cumberland.

On the afternoon of Feb. 11, Steve Squires appeared before a judge and was charged with first-degree murder and failure to stop after an accident resulting in death.

He remains in custody.

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Police were photographed investigating a Nissan Titan truck with damage to the front end consistent with an impact - the same truck as one Squires posted to his Facebook page.

This is the second tragedy the Kellys have dealt with in recent years. In 2018, Leanne Kelly, Rod’s sister, was a victim of a double murder in a Courtenay home. Michael Simard of Courtenay is serving a life sentence for two second-degree murder convictions.

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Squires is scheduled to reappear in court on the morning of Feb. 29.

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