RCMP seize truck involved in hit and run, suspect turns himself in

By Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter)
September 4, 2018 - 10:43am

LETHBRIDGE --  There has been a turn of events in Sunday (Sept 2) morning's pedestrian vehicle collision just north of the airport on Highway-5.
 
On Monday (Sept 3) evening, the owner of the truck saw the media release about the incident and came forward with the person who had been driving the truck at the time of the incident.
 
Coaldale RCMP have seized the red Dodge Ram truck involved for examination and are still following up on a number of investigational leads.   This is an active investigation and the name of the 31 year old male driver will not be released at this time, as no criminal charges have been laid.

The incident happened around 4:50-am, near Township Road 82 and Highway-5.   A man and a woman were walking towards the Lethbridge Airport.  The man was on the southbound driving lane when he was struck by a south-bound truck. The woman was not hit or injured.  

The 26 year old man from the Blood Tribe Reserve died at the scene. His name will not be released by RCMP.  The Lethbridge Corridor Victim Services Unit assisted the female pedestrian who was in shock and upset.

The RCMP report it was dark at the time of the collision but there were street lights on in the area. The speed zone is 60 km/p/h in the area, which is a paved highway that was dry and weather around plus 11 degrees Celsius. Visibility was not obstructed other than normal darkness.

The investigation revealed the truck that struck the deceased failed to remain at the scene. 

Coaldale RCMP head the investigation but, received valuable traffic control assistance from Lethbridge Police Service members until Volker Stevin staff could take over.  Traffic on a portion of Highway 5 between the city limits and the Lethbridge Airport was diverted until just before noon.

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