Red Deer RCMP have obtained surveillance images of the truck that struck and killed a pedestrian in the 5200 block of 76th St. the night of March 11th, and continue to ask for public assistance to identify this distinctive vehicle.
RCMP responded to the report of a pedestrian hit and run at 8:45 p.m. on March 11th in the 5200 block of 76th St. The 38- year-old male victim had been standing by a parked vehicle on 76th St. when he was struck by a red truck that did not stop after the collision. The truck was last seen driving eastbound on 76th St. and may have turned right onto Gaetz Ave. The victim was not in the traffic lane when he was struck.
Red Deer emergency services attended and treated the victim on scene before transporting him to hospital where, sadly, he was pronounced deceased.
An RCMP collision analyst and forensic identification investigator attended the scene to gather evidence while more police officers conducted numerous neighbourhood enquiries. The suspect truck is described as an older model – possibly ‘70s or ‘80s – with a red cab, amber lights on the roof, and a homemade or custom built wooden flatbed on the back that is painted black. The truck lost its passenger side mirror in the collision and sustained damage to the passenger side of the wooden flatbed. RCMP were not able to obtain a description of the driver.
“The photos we’ve obtained aren’t great quality, but they do show how distinctive this truck is, and we’re hoping that sharing them will trigger someone’s recognition or memory,” said Sgt. Kevin Halwa of the Red Deer RCMP traffic unit. “This hit and run resulted in a tragic and unnecessary loss of life, and we’re asking Red Deerians to help us in our work to locate the person responsible.”
RCMP are asking residents and businesses in the area of 76th St. and Gaetz Ave. who have security cameras 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 11th, 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,” said 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.
RCMP continue to conduct numerous interviews in their work to identify the suspect and continue to search for trucks that match this description.
If you have information about this investigation, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.