‘An RCMP incident that spilled into Edmonton.’

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A 45-year-old Fort Saskatchewan woman was killed in a southeast Edmonton hit-and-run Saturday night after she exited her vehicle to inspect damage from a police spike belt intended to stop the U-Haul that hit her, say RCMP.

The dramatic scene began to unfold around 9 p.m. Saturday with the suspicious U-Haul thought to be involved in thefts on the outskirts of the city near Beaumont.

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The ordeal culminated with the woman being fatally struck near 50 Street and 22 Avenue SW around just before 10 p.m. Saturday. Multiple vehicles were involved, including the U-Haul truck that struck her before it crashed into a car at a gas bar adjacent to the fatality.

The U-Haul driver then stole a Honda Civic with a child inside, RCMP Supt. Leanne MacMillian said at an 8:30 p.m. Sunday news conference.

The child was later found unharmed near 66 Street and 25 Avenue but police are still searching for the car and the hit and run driver.

MacMillian, assistant central Alberta district officer, said the Fort Saskatchewan woman was fatally struck after driving over a police spike belt and exiting her vehicle to inspect the damage. She was one of three civilians to have hit the device as RCMP enlisted the city police Air-1 helicopter to help track the U-Haul thought to be involved in the Beaumont area thefts.

Mounties are leading the investigation. Edmonton city police are assisting with the case and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been notified. ASIRT investigates cases where people are killed or seriously injured during incidents with police, or when allegations of police misconduct are presented.

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On Sunday night, police released suspect and vehicle surveillance photos. The Honda Civic is described as a dark grey, four-door bearing Alberta licence plate E98-099.

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The Edmonton Police Service released images of a suspect and a vehicle wanted in connection to an 11 p.m. Saturday ordeal near 50 Street and 22 Avenue SW where a woman was killed by a hit-and-run vehicle. edm

MacMillian said that when RCMP members initially approached the U-Haul and attempted an arrest, the male driver and a female passenger rammed into a police vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Patrols were initiated to find the truck and, a short time later, it was spotted on 50 Street and Highway 814 in Beaumont, moving at a high rate of speed.

Air-1 had been notified and tracked the U-Haul, providing its location to RCMP. Multiple surrounding RCMP detachments, including Leduc and Strathcona County, had also responded. As the U-Haul was driving into Edmonton, the spike belt was deployed by RCMP, said MacMillian. The U-Haul continued into Edmonton after striking the woman, she said.

The U-Haul then collided with a civilian car, leaving that driver with serious non-life-threatening injuries. The U-Haul was then abandoned at 50 Street and 22 Avenue before the driver stole the Honda Civic from a nearby convenience store.

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“This is a devastating incident that will leave a mark on family and friends for years to come. Please understand that you will be in our thoughts as we progress through this investigation,” said MacMillian.

Edmonton city police spokeswoman Cheryl Sheppard on Sunday morning said that the case is “an RCMP incident that spilled into Edmonton.” Edmonton police had been assisting RCMP with “various resources” Saturday night.

Just after 7 p.m. Sunday, Edmonton city police said the department is helping RCMP to track the male suspect and vehicle.

“The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is assisting the RCMP with the investigation into a tragic incident that claimed the life of an innocent woman last night on 50 Street,” said the EPS post on X.

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The Edmonton Police Service released images of a suspect and a vehicle wanted in connection to a woman’s hit-and-run death near 50 Street and 22 Avenue SW around 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2024. edm

About an hour later, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Beaumont RCMP turned to the public for tips to help them capture the suspect involved in the “fatal hit-and-run along the 50 Street corridor between Edmonton and Beaumont.”

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The Edmonton Police Service released images of a suspect and a vehicle wanted in connection to a hit and run near 50 Street and 22 Avenue SW around 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2024, which resulted in the death of a woman. edm
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The Edmonton Police Service and RCMP work at the scene of a crash along 50 Street near 22 Avenue SW in Edmonton on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. David Bloom/Postmedia Photo by David Bloom /David Bloom/Postmedia
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The Edmonton Police Service and RCMP work at the scene of a crash along 50 Street near 22 Avenue SW in Edmonton on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. David Bloom/Postmedia Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia

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