Pedestrian killed in hit and run, police searching for driver

By rdnewsNOW staff
March 12, 2018 - 10:01am

A man is dead following a hit and run collision Sunday night in Red Deer, and police are hoping the public can help locate the driver involved.

Officers responded to the collision at about 8:45 p.m. in the 5200 block of 76 Street.

Mounties say the 38-year-old male victim had been standing by a parked vehicle on 76 Street when he was struck by a red truck that did not stop after the collision. The truck was last seen driving eastbound on 76 Street and may have turned right onto Gaetz Avenue. The victim was not in the traffic lane when he was struck, according to police. He was treated on scene before being taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An RCMP collision analyst and forensic identification investigator attended the scene to gather evidence while more police officers conducted numerous neighbourhood enquiries.

RCMP are looking for an older model red truck, believed to be late 1970s or early 1980s vintage, possibly a GMC or Chevrolet, with a 4 x 4 decal on the box. The truck is missing the passenger side mirror as a result of the fatal collision, and may have sustained further damage to the passenger front or side. RCMP were not able to obtain a description of the driver.

Residents and businesses in the area of 76 Street and Gaetz Avenue who have security cameras are asked to check them for images of this distinctive truck during the time frame between approximately 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on March 11, or to call RCMP to collect the footage.

“Red Deer RCMP extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased man at this tragic time,” says Sergeant Kevin Halwa of the Red Deer RCMP traffic unit. “We continue to actively search for the suspect driver and truck, and ask anyone who knows anything about this fatal hit and run to contact the police immediately.”

RCMP will not be releasing the name of the deceased man out of respect for the privacy of the family. Red Deer Victim Services has been engaged.

If you have information about this investigation, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at tipsubmit.com.

(Troy Gillard - Red Deer RCMP)

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