Man dead after being struck, dragged

The man, in his early 40s, was jaywalking across 118th Avenue at 50th Street around 11:20 p.m. Saturday when a Dodge Dakota hit him, Staff Sgt. Bill Kerr said.

The Dakota driver stopped, but the pedestrian’s clothing caught underneath a Ford pickup truck that pulled around the Dakota to pass the scene of the collision.

The pedestrian was dragged almost 30 blocks by the Ford before another motorist alerted the driver at 120th Avenue and 76th Street that someone was trapped under his vehicle.

The Ford driver was arrested and remains in custody while police conduct an impaired driving investigation, Kerr said. The pedestrian was alive when firefighters pulled him from under the pickup and he was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, but he later died from his injuries.

The man’s name has not been released.

Ken Stus watched firefighters and paramedics give the man CPR and treat him for head wounds from his home near the spot where the truck finally stopped.

The driver should have realized what had happened, Stus said.

"That’s a long ways away," Stus said. "How the hell did that guy not know he hit someone?"

Neighbour Frank Bagi said he saw fire trucks, police cars and ambulances pull up outside his home. He looked outside after he heard yelling and sirens.

"A lot of people are shook up," Bagi said. "It’s disturbing and really tragic."

This is Edmonton’s 15th traffic fatality of the year and the fifth involving a pedestrian.

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