Police seek drivers who passed by pedestrian hit-and-run scene on Sunday

Do you recognize this vehicle? Calgary police are hoping to speak with the driver. Calgary Police Service handout

UPDATE: On July 22, Calgary police said they had reviewed CCTV and dashcam footage and were hoping to speak with the drivers of 10 vehicles that had passed the scene immediately after the collision. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at  403-266-1234. 

Calgary police are asking drivers who passed by the scene of a weekend hit-and-run that badly injured a pedestrian to come forward.

The victim, 25-year-old Emerson Wikeruk, was walking east on Memorial Drive near the exit for Saint George’s Drive/12 Street N.E., (also known as the “Calgary Zoo exit”) at around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, when he was hit.

The driver then continued eastbound on Memorial Drive N.E. instead of remaining at the scene, according to police.

Calgary police investigate a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian on Memorial Drive, Sunday, July 4, 2021. Global News

Police said the vehicle involved is believed to be a grey 2016 Chrysler 300.

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Wikeruk was rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition. He remains in hospital in stable condition.

On Wednesday, officials said they had reviewed CCTV footage from near the crash site and want to speak with drivers who travelled past the collision immediately after it happened.

Investigators are particularly interested in speaking to the driver of a silver or white four-door sedan, saying that person may have “vital information.”

Drivers who witnessed the crash or the aftermath can call Calgary police at 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

Anyone who saw a grey 2016 Chrysler 300 in the area at the time of the crash can also contact police.

GoFundMe raises money for victim of hit-and-run

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money for Wikeruk.

Wikeruk’s sister, 29-year-old Kayla MacPhee, said her brother is still fighting for his life.

“We still have extensive surgeries that we need to do, we’re worried about infections, all kinds of stuff,” MacPhee said. “He’s a fighter though, he’s holding on.

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“He’s a super strong-willed man and he’s so bright so we know that he’s going to pull through this, we just need the help from the community.”

“His injuries are still very critical,” MacPhee said.

She says Wikeruk has broken vertebrae in his neck, a collapsed lung and a broken foot.

“He has a long road ahead of him.”

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