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Driver identified in fatal Manitoba hit-and-run after body found in ditch on Trans-Canada

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RCMP have identified the driver involved in a fatal hit and run after the body of a man was found on the Trans-Canada Highway near Portage la Prairie last week.

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Last Monday, Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to a report of someone laying in the median ditch of the Trans-Canada Highway in the RM of Portage la Prairie near Road 20 West. When officers arrived on scene, it was confirmed that the man was dead.

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Debris from a vehicle was strewn across the highway, indicating that the male was a victim of a hit and run, RCMP said. An autopsy was ordered to confirm the cause of death.

Officers recovered debris that identified the make and colour of the suspect vehicle, a gloss black Toyota which had significant damage to the driver side mirror and front fender. This damage also indicates that the 59-year-old male from Long Plain First Nation was walking on the westbound roadway.

On Monday, Manitoba RCMP announced that the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision has been identified. The investigation continues.

RCMP are asking anyone with any information related to this incident, to call Portage RCMP at 204-857-4445.

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