Highway collision leaves pedestrian dead
Published Tuesday, September 4, 2012 11:10AM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 4, 2012 1:07PM MDT
RCMP north of Edmonton said an 18-year-old man has died, after he was struck by another vehicle while crossing the highway Monday afternoon.
Westlock RCMP said the collision happened after 4 p.m. on Highway 18, about 5 kilometres east of Westlock.
According to police, the young man had been given a ride to the area by some friends; he was heading to another friend’s house – which was nearby.
Investigators said his friends dropped him off on the north shoulder of the highway, and let him out.
He got out of the car, and immediately ran across the highway – directly in the path of a westbound van.
The pedestrian, who police identified as Robert Keats, was pronounced dead on the scene.
The driver of the van was not hurt.
Investigators said road, weather conditions, and alcohol didn’t play a factor in the crash.
Police are still investigating, but charges are not being considered.