- Southbound traffic along a portion of Anthony Henday Drive will
remain closed for much of this morning, hours after a Good Samaritan was
struck and killed in a hit-and-run after he stopped to help a stranded
motorist in southwest Edmonton.The
victim stopped on the Henday southbound, just north of Callingwood
Road, to assist with a stalled car around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, said
acting Insp. Graham Hogg.“While
he was out on foot, he was struck by a passing vehicle that did not
remain at the scene and fled the area,” he said. “Our Good Samaritan
died instantly from his injuries.”The victim’s identity was not released pending notification of next of kin.
There were at least two witnesses to the hit and run, Hogg added.
“Our witnesses were broken down, and quite shaken up by it.”
were searching for a large sport utility vehicle, but did not have
further descriptive details. Hogg said police would continue to speak to
witnesses for more information. Any other witnesses to the accident are
asked to contact police.More than six police cruisers were at the scene, along with the police collision investigation unit.
appeared to be a red Dodge Neon could be seen parked on the shoulder of
the Henday. The victim’s body, covered in a white blanket, could be
seen behind the car’s rear tires. A grey sedan, propped up with a jack,
was parked several metres north. An orange reflective triangle next to
it appeared to be flattened.Southbound
lanes on the Henday, from Whitemud Drive to Lessard Road, are expected
to be closed until about 11 a.m. as the crash is investigated, police
said. Morning commuters are advised to take 199th Street as a detour.
Northbound traffic is not affected.The death marks the 16th traffic fatality on Edmonton streets this year.
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