April 2018 RCMP News Archive

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Red Deer RCMP look for red truck after fatal pedestrian hit and run – Update 2 – Truck located

April 3, 2018 2:46 PM

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP have located a truck they believe to be the one involved in the fatal hit and run in north Red Deer on March 11, and thank the public for the numerous tips that have come in during this stage of the ongoing investigation.

“Red Deer RCMP obtained a judicially authorized search warrant and seized a truck that we believe, at this point in the investigation, may be the suspect truck in the fatal hit and run on March 11. The RCMP forensic identification team is continuing the forensic work that will determine whether or not it is, in fact, the truck we’re looking for,” says Sergeant Kevin Halwa of the Red Deer RCMP traffic unit. “This has been a lengthy, detailed investigation requiring a lot of legwork from a number of specialized RCMP teams, and we’re grateful for the tremendous community support we’ve received. We hope to have more information on the progress of this investigation soon.”

Because work is ongoing to verify the truck’s possible involvement, RCMP are not able to comment further on any aspect of the investigation at this time. Red Deer RCMP will issue another update as soon as more information becomes available, and continue to encourage anyone who might have information about this investigation to call the Red Deer RCMP complaint line at 403-343-5575. 

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Media contact:
Sgt. Kevin Halwa
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

BACKGROUND:

March 14, 2018

Red Deer RCMP look for red truck after fatal pedestrian hit and run – Update 1 – Truck description

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP have obtained surveillance images of the truck that struck and killed a pedestrian in the 5200 block of 76 Street the night of March 11, and continue to ask for public assistance to identify this distinctive vehicle.

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.

At 8:45 pm on March 11, the truck struck a pedestrian who was standing near a parked vehicle and fled the scene; sadly, the victim was pronounced deceased at hospital a short time later. RCMP continue to conduct numerous interviews in their work to identify the suspect and continue to search for trucks that match this description.

“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,” says Sergeant 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.”

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. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

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Media contact:
Sgt. Kevin Halwa
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

photo of suspect truck 

photo of suspect truck

BACKGROUND:

March 12, 2018                         

Red Deer RCMP look for red truck after fatal pedestrian hit and run

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify the driver of an older model red truck that struck a pedestrian in a fatal collision in north Red Deer Sunday night, then fled the scene.

RCMP responded to the report of a pedestrian hit and run at 8:45 pm on March 11 in the 5200 block of 76 Street. The 38 year 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.

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. 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.

RCMP are asking residents and businesses in the area of 76 Street and Gaetz Avenue who have security cameras to check them for images of this distinctive truck during the time frame between approximately 8:15 pm and 9:15 pm 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. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

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Media contact:
Sgt. Kevin Halwa
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

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