New details have emerged on the death of a pedestrian on Highway 55 over the weekend following a police investigation.
Police arrived on the scene near the east entrance of Little Red River Park at approximately 8 a.m. on Saturday morning after receiving a report of a pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle.
Through their ensuing investigation, police determined that the deceased, a 24-year-old male, had been out at the park with his common law partner and several other friends.
An argument began between the deceased and his common law, at which point the victim began to walk down the highway towards Prince Albert.
His companions caught up to him in the vehicle they were driving and attempted to convince him to get into the vehicle, but the man continued to walk westbound on the road directly into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian informed police that he had seen the vehicles on the side of the road and slowed down, but did not see anyone walking on the highway.
“There were a couple of vehicles that were stopped on the highway at that time, and because of the glare of the headlights, he didn’t see anyone walking on the roadway,” Sgt. Curtis Halcro said, summarizing the driver’s report to police.
Witnesses told police that the man who was struck was fairly intoxicated at the time of the incident, but investigators are awaiting a toxicology report for verification of that information.
We’re not anticipating that there are going to be any issues with the vehicle itself. Sgt. Curtis Halcro
Halcro suggested weather and road visibility may have played a role, but noted such a thesis was unconfirmed.
“I believe probably that was part of it,” he said. “It was 8 o’clock in the morning approximately, so I imagine that would have played a factor in this, but … that hasn’t been determined specifically at this point.”
Police are not anticipating laying any charges against the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian.
“It wasn’t his fault basically that this person was walking down the middle of the road,” Halcro said.
The police service has requested a complete mechanical inspection be conducted on the vehicle, described as a smaller model.
“We’re still waiting for the mechanical inspection report,” Halcro said. “But it was a newer vehicle, so we’re not anticipating that there are going to be any issues with the vehicle itself.”
The incident remains under police investigation at this point.