A 48-year-old man is critically injured in hospital after he was struck by a driver on a dark, snowy Parksville highway during a winter storm Tuesday night.
The man was found seriously injured on the south side of Highway 19A near Plummer Road in Parksville at around 8 p.m., according to Oceanside RCMP.
The man was rushed to hospital with injuries described as critical.
Police say it looked like he had been struck by a vehicle but none were at the scene. Shortly after finding the pedestrian, a driver called police to report they believed they may have struck a person in the same area.
That vehicle has since been seized for forensic analysis and police say the driver is fully cooperating with them.
Tuesday’s winter storm, which caused chaos on B.C. highways and led to widespread cancellations and power outages, led to hazardous conditions on the highway but police say the definitive cause of the crash has not been determined.
An RCMP collision reconstructionist is still trying to piece together exactly what happened.
Anyone who may have seen the crash or who has dashcam video of a man walking on the highway at around 8 p.m. is asked to call RCMP at 250-947-6537.