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73-year-old pedestrian seriously injured in downtown Edmonton hit and run

Edmonton police investigate pedestrian hit and run downtown
WATCH ABOVE: A pedestrian was taken to hospital Friday morning after he was struck by a vehicle in the area of Jasper Avenue and 103 Street. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle.

Edmonton police are searching for the driver of a vehicle after a 73-year-old man was taken to hospital following a hit and run Friday morning.

At around 5:50 a.m., police were called to a report of a hit and run in the area of Jasper Avenue and 102 Street.

Police said a man was walking across Jasper Avenue (from the south to the north side) along 102 Street when he was struck by a small black SUV heading west along Jasper.

Investigators said Monday they believe the vehicle involved was a newer model black Ford Escape and released a photo in the hopes of identifying the driver.

Edmonton police believe this vehicle, a newer model black Ford Escape SUV, was involved in a pedestrian hit and run from Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.
Edmonton police believe this vehicle, a newer model black Ford Escape SUV, was involved in a pedestrian hit and run from Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Courtesy: Edmonton police

Witnesses told officers the vehicle briefly stopped at 103 Street and Jasper Avenue before heading north on 103 Street, police said in a media release Friday morning.

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EMS crews took the 73-year-old pedestrian to hospital with serious injuries, where he remained later Friday morning.

The EPS Major Collision Investigation Section is now investigating and is urging the driver of the vehicle to come forward. Anyone who witnesses the incident is also asked to contact police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

Officers are also hoping to speak with the driver of a white four-door sedan that was reportedly heading west on Jasper Avenue at the time and stopped for the pedestrian just before the crash occurred. Investigators believe this driver may have information that could help the case and are asking them to contact police.