First homicide of 2015
Man, 22, dies after incident on city street
WINNIPEG police are investigating the city’s first homicide of 2015.
Police arrived at the scene in the area of Isabel Street and Pacific Avenue about 11:20 p.m. Friday.
A 22-year-old man was transported to hospital in critical condition, where he later died. The area where he was found was cordoned off with police tape through the night.
Police have yet to release the victim’s name, but relatives have identified him as Dustin McKay, a former student at Gordon Bell High School.
Police were providing few details Saturday, but people who live in the area say there was a commotion there before emergency crews arrived.
“My sister went out for a smoke, and she heard a lot of yelling on the corner,” said a man who lives nearby.
The man walked to the convenience store at the Husky gas station on the northwest corner and was told by other bystanders a man had been hit by a vehicle. A story going around at the scene was the victim may have been pushed or dragged into oncoming traffic.
olice spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said a vehicle was involved in the incident in some way and the victim was in the roadway at some point. Investigators are trying to determine whether the victim was struck by a vehicle.
Autopsy results are pending, and it’s not clear if the victim died as a result of being struck by a vehicle. It’s also not known whether the people in the vehicle involved knew McKay, or whether they remained at the scene afterward.
Michalyshen said police had some individuals in custody Saturday. But these, he said, could be witnesses.
While it’s unclear if McKay was killed or even struck by a vehicle, this winter has been a tough one for pedestrians. In December alone, 10 Manitoba pedestrians were struck by vehicles, resulting in two deaths.
There has also been a proliferation of hit-and-runs. That includes 21-year- old Cody Joss, who was killed while crossing Inkster Boulevard at McGregor Street on Dec. 19. The driver of a darkcoloured pickup truck who fled the scene has not been found.
On Dec. 18, two pedestrians were struck near McPhillips Street and Jarvis Avenue, and a 70-year-old woman died of her injuries on Christmas Eve. A 60-year- old man was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.
A 29-year- old man was sent to hospital in critical condition after being struck by a Ford Fusion on Sherbrook Street on Dec. 28.
Two pedestrians were hit in separate mishaps on Dec. 12, one involving a bus near the corner of Portage Avenue and Carlton Street.
In the other incident, a woman pushing her two children in a stroller near Osborne Street and Brandon Avenue was hit. The children were not injured.
Relatives say the slaying victim is Dustin McKay, 22.