A 73-year-old Kamloops man was found dead on the side of Highway 1 near the Valleyview exit ramp early Saturday morning and evidence may point to a transport truck driver as the culprit, according to police.
Now, police in B.C. and Alberta are checking truck stops and weigh scales for a truck with bloodstains and damage consistent with hitting a person.
Emergency services first received a call of an unconscious man at around 1:20 a.m. Saturday and quickly determined he was the victim of a hit and run.
Early investigations suggest the man may have been lying on the edge of the highway when he was hit the a transport truck.
"Lug-nut covers and other fragments recovered at the scene indicate that the suspect vehicle would likely have damage and bloodstains to the right front tire area," states an RCMP news release.
RCMP forensic identification specialists and criminal-crash investigators worked through the morning after the discovery near the 375 Exit ramp from Valleyview to downtown.
"The severe body trauma incurred by the victim initially hampered the process of establishing his identity," stated RCMP.
However, early Saturday afternoon investigators were able locate a family member.
The name of the man was being withheld until today.
Anyone with information about the collision or the identity of the truck and driver involved is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000, their local police in jurisdiction or Crime Stoppers.