Police are unsure why a 24-year-old Parksville man ended up laying unconscious on a downtown Nanaimo street with a fractured skull on the weekend, and the victim doesn’t appear able to help.
Nanaimo RCMP Constable Gary O’Brien said police were called to the Harbor City Dance Studio at the intersection of Bastion St. and Skinner at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday morning to find the man unconscious and bleeding from a head wound.
“Several individuals were standing nearby but officers were not able to determine what caused his injuries,” he said.
O’Brien said police are not releasing the man’s name, but did note he was in Nanaimo for the weekend in order to assist at a Vancouver Island Raiders training camp.
He said the victim’s injuries were so significant he was rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital by attending paramedics then, later that same day, airlifted to Victoria for treatment of the fractured skull. Medical personnel told officers the male’s injuries were consistent with him being in some form of altercation.
Although the man later regained consciousness, O‘Brien said he has no memory of what happened to him.
“Officers have determined he attended several night clubs earlier in the evening but what caused his injuries, is presently unknown,” he said. “He regained consciousness on Tuesday at the hospital and we were hoping we could find out what happened, but unfortunately, he didn’t have any memory, which is not uncommon with a brain injury.”
Now, O’Brien is hoping someone in the community will come forward to tell police what happened.
“We’re at ground zero,” he said. “We don’t know if he was in a consensual fight or if he was jumped by two or three guys, so we hope the public will pick up on this.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477or go online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.