Update: Investigation into 17-year-old’s death on dark highway

The RCMP is asking for witnesses on Highway 83

New information from an RCMP report says the 17-year-old youth from Birdtail Sioux First Nation who was struck and killed on Highway 83 Wednesday night, was walking on the highway when a southbound vehicle struck him.

Initially information said the youth was lying on the highway when struck, but that is not the case. He was upright when he was hit late at night, in the dark on July 31. He was also wearing dark clothing.

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Hamiota RCMP responded to the call that came in around 11:15 p.m.

The accident occurred just 13 kms north of Miniota, near the turn-off to the Birdtail community. The 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 43-year-old female from Rapid City who struck the boy stopped at the scene and immediately called 911.

She and the 23-year-old male passenger were badly shaken up. They were transported to hospital with minor injuries.

RCMP believe a pickup truck, possibly white in color, came across the scene immediately afterwards and stopped but did not remain at the scene. Officers would like to speak to the driver of this pickup truck as they may have information that could assist in the investigation.

Hamiota RCMP along with a Forensic Collision Reconstructionists continue to investigate.

The RCMP are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or are able to identify the driver of the white pickup truck, to call the Hamiota RCMP at 204-764-2732, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com. 

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