Suspect arrested in Vancouver hit-and-run investigation

Victim had attended Saturday event at Esther Short Park remembering Aaron Danielson

The Vancouver Police Department has made an arrest in the investigation of a hit-and-run accident that took place Saturday evening.

Vancouver Police reported Monday evening that Charles R. Holliday-Smith, 30, turned himself in. Holliday-Smith was booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault 1 and Felony Hit and Run.

The investigation into Saturday’s hit and run indicates the victim and a group of friends traveled from downtown Vancouver to Charlie’s Sports Bar & Grill, located at 3315 NE 112th Avenue, where the assault later occurred. The group had reportedly attended the event earlier Saturday at Esther Short Park remembering Aaron Danielson, who was killed Aug. 29 in downtown Portland.

Holliday-Smith allegedly followed the group from downtown Vancouver and began filming the victim and his friends inside the bar, which made them uncomfortable. No verbal confrontation occurred inside the bar. Holliday-Smith stopped filming after contact from security staff and then he exited the bar. 

The victim and his friends also went outside where the parties verbally communicated with each other. The suspect got into his vehicle, drove toward the victim, hit him and then fled from the parking lot.

Vancouver Police have not identified the victim. Social media reports indicate the victim sustained serious injuries but is expected to survive.

The investigation is continuing and nothing further is releasable at this time.

Information provided by Vancouver Police Department.