RCMP seek help after death of pedestrian

Police are seeking witnesses to a fatal pedestrian/vehicle collision that killed a 23-year-old Ladysmith man on Wednesday.

Police are seeking witnesses to a fatal pedestrian/vehicle collision that killed a 23-year-old Ladysmith man on Wednesday.

Shortly after 5 a.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a fatal incident near the intersection of Cedar Road just north of Ladysmith. Two vehicles had reportedly hit a pedestrian standing in the fast lane of the highway.

Police say preliminary investigation shows that a Toyota Tundra was driving north on Highway 1, with a tractor trailer unit following. The Tundra swerved to avoid the man standing in the middle of the fast lane but clipped him with the passenger-side mirror. The tractor trailer was unable to avoid the man and struck him, causing the individual to be thrown to the side of the highway.

Drivers of the Tundra, tractor trailer and other passing drivers stopped to provide medical attention to the pedestrian who had been struck, but he died at the scene. Northbound lanes were closed for several hours for investigation.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this collision is asked to contact South Island Traffic Services at 250-416-0352.

Cowichan Valley Citizen

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