Pedestrian struck by SUV dies

A pedestrian who was struck by GMC Jimmy while crossing Fourth Avenue on Wednesday has died. Whitehorse RCMP Const. Dean Hoogland confirmed the death.

A pedestrian who was struck by GMC Jimmy while crossing Fourth Avenue on Wednesday has died.

Whitehorse RCMP Const. Dean Hoogland confirmed the death, saying the 69-year-old man died sometime Wednesday afternoon or early evening.

Few details are being released by police. Hoogland said the case is still being investigated.

Police were called to the scene Wednesday at about 11:20 a.m., after the man was struck while crossing the road on Fourth Avenue between Second Avenue and Ray Street.

There is a crosswalk in the area. But Hoogland, citing the investigation, would not confirm whether or not the man was using it.

“We’re talking to witnesses and reviewing video,” he said.

Chief coroner Kirsten Macdonald said Thursday she was not releasing the man’s name.

While his immediate next of kin has been informed, the family asked for time to tell others outside the territory.

The man was living in Whitehorse but has family in Alberta, she said.

The driver of the small SUV was sober at the time of the crash, police say. He is co-operating with the investigation.

Hoogland wouldn’t say if charges against the driver are pending.

“Once the investigation is completed, we will better be able to know if charges are warranted.”

Officers closed down the area for hours on Wednesday to investigate.

The police are asking for the public’s help as well.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact their local RCMP detachment at 667-5551.

Contact Ashley Joannou at

ashleyj@yukon-news.com

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