February 24, 2016 3:31 pm
Updated: February 25, 2016 8:43 am

Police seek person of interest in fatal Calgary hit and run collision

WATCH ABOVE: Calgary police have released the name of a man believed to have information about fatal hit and run. Jill Croteau reports.


CALGARY – Police are looking to the public for help locating a man they want to speak with in connection to a fatal hit and run collision last week.

Investigators said Thursday they were searching for 33-year-old Derek Brian Grouette, saying he “may have information” on the crash which killed Keith Arthur Morley.

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The 52-year-old died when a truck driving the wrong way on northbound 37 Street S.W. collided head-on with his car, just south of 130 Avenue S.W. Police said the truck had been stolen from Chestermere.

The driver of the truck and two passengers exited the vehicle and ran from the scene.

Police have arrested two people in connection to the crash.

Janelle Umpherville, 26, was charged with four counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, one count of occupying a stolen motor vehicle and one count of breach of a recognizance order. Umpherville appeared  in court Wednesday via CCTV. Her case was put over until April 18, when she is expected to enter guilty pleas in the case.

A 17-year-old boy, who Global News confirmed is the son of a Calgary police officer, was charged with one count of possession of stolen property under $5,000 and one count of occupying a stolen motor vehicle.

Anyone with information about the collision or Grouette’s whereabouts is asked to call police or contact Crime Stoppers.

ASIRT investigates actions of Tsuu T’ina Nation

It’s believed an officer with the Tsuu T’ina Nation police attempted to stop the stolen truck prior to the fatal crash as it traveled through the reserve at a high rate of speed.

ASIRT confirmed last week it was reviewing the actions of the Tsuu T’ina police, and asked witnesses to contact investigators by calling 403-592-4306.

Tsuu T’ina sent out a media release confirming only that the “incident occurred on the Tsuu T’ina Nation.”

Police investigate a fatal hit and run collision in the area of 37 Street S.W. and 130 Avenue S.W. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.

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With files from Global’s Tony Tighe


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