WATCH: Police say a 79-year-old Sidney man may have fallen and hit his head before being found on a roadway in the middle of the night. April Lawrence reports.
RCMP crash analysts were taking measurements and marking evidence along Lochside Drive near Cy Hampson park Tuesday morning, trying to figure out how a 79-year-old Sidney man ended up unconscious and injured on the roadway.
He was found by a newspaper delivery driver at 4 a.m. Tuesday.
“He did not regain consciousness he was non-communicative with us, he had some injuries to his head area, he was transported to hospital right away. He never did regain consciousness,” said Corporal Erin Fraser with Sidney/North Saanich RCMP.
The man died in hospital a few hours later.
“We were able to find his family and take his family down to be with him before he passed away,” said Fraser.
A trail of blood down Lochside Drive suggests the man walked for a while after being injured.
Police and the Coroner said it doesn’t appear a vehicle was involved — that it’s likely the man fell down and struck his head.
“We don’t know what happened with this individual we’re trying to piece together the last few moments or hours of his life,” said Fraser.
Police are asking anyone who saw the 79-year-old Asian man Monday night to contact them.
He was wearing a beige jacket and army green vest, with blue jeans and black shoes, and he was wearing glasses.
It’s still unclear why he was on the road in that area in the middle of the night.
Police say he may have early onset memory or cognitive impairment, and he may have left for a walk earlier in the evening.
Residents in the neighbourhood were alarmed when the RCMP came knocking early Tuesday morning.
“They just wanted to know if we heard anything last night around four in the morning, [and did you?] no, no, not at all,” said one resident.
But investigators weren’t telling them much.
“They weren’t going to say anything and I can understand that,” said one neighbour.
“She did say there wasn’t any violence, that was the only clue that she left us,” he said.
The tragic circumstances surrounding the man’s death remain a mystery North Saanich RCMP are hoping you can help them solve.
If you have any information you can call them at (250) 656-3931.