An elderly man is in the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle while his own truck was in the process of being stolen, according to RCMP in central Alberta.
Innisfail RCMP said the rural pedestrian hit and car theft occurred Saturday afternoon in Red Deer County.
Police responded at approximately 1:45 p.m. after a man was reportedly struck by a vehicle on Township Road 364 near Range Road 44, west of Innisfail in the Caroline area.
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Upon arriving at the scene and speaking to witnesses, RCMP said the 77-year-old victim had parked his 2004 Chevrolet Silverado on the shoulder of the township road while working in an adjacent field.
The victim saw his truck drive away and realized it had been stolen, at which point RCMP said he was back on the road.
Moments later, he was struck by a newer model white pickup truck believed to be associated with the theft of his vehicle.
Police said the victim and a witness said a second vehicle, a blue car with a woman driving it, was also involved in the incident.
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The STARS air ambulance transported the victim to hospital, where RCMP said he remains in serious but stable condition.
The victim’s stolen Chevy was found a short distance from where it was stolen; at the corner of Range Road 45 and Township Road 360.
“We believe that there were several people involved in this incident and we are hopeful that someone will present information,” Innisfail RCMP Const. Sara Devine said.
“The white truck that struck the victim may have some damage to the front end, and we would very much like to speak to anyone who has information about this incident.”
Anyone with information should contact the Innisfail RCMP detachment at 403-227-3342.
Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online.
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