No link suspected in recent pedestrian deaths: RCMP

By Glenn Hicks
September 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

RCMP don’t think there’s any link between the two recent fatal incidents involving pedestrians on Highway 2 north of the city.

The first happened in daylight Friday about four kilometres from P.A. It’s being treated as a hit and run. A 58-year-old man from Montreal Lake was killed.

The second fatality happened Monday evening near Christopher Lake. A 55-year-old man from Black Lake was hit by a vehicle, but Sgt. Lyle Korczak said the circumstances of the two incidents were very different.

“We’re not sure, we’re still in a preliminary investigation on that matter as well, but it does not appear on the bona facie that it would be anything criminal,” he said.

Korczak couldn’t say if the two men killed were hitchhiking but is calling on the public to wear bright clothing and for motorists to remain vigilant.

He said there was nothing unusual regarding the sight-lines or lay-out of the stretches of highway where the deaths happened.

“Normally our biggest issue would be wildlife running out, but there is a high incidence of people walking along the road too,” Korczak said.

However, he said there has been no specific increase in pedestrian traffic on the highway.


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