Young man killed in hit-and-run on 16th Avenue

Police are looking for a blue vehicle after a young Calgary man was hit and dragged on 16th Avenue in a fatal hit-and-run.

Calgary police looking for blue vehicle with front-end damage

Police at the accident site on 16th Avenue at Barlow Trail. (Kyle Bakx/CBC)

Police are looking for a blue vehicle after a young Calgary man was hit and dragged along 16th Avenue in a fatal hit-and-run.

Investigators say a 20-year-old pedestrian was walking in the lane on the bridge over Barlow Trail at about 2:30 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle travelling westbound on 16th Avenue, exiting onto the Barlow Trail South off-ramp.

The man was dragged as much as 30 metres and died.

“What he was doing there, I obviously can’t comment on, because I don’t know," said Sgt. Colin Foster. Police are looking into whether the man had been drinking.

The vehicle swerved onto the grass median to the left of the off-ramp, then returned to westbound 16th Avenue, driving away.

Police later searched the area and found a damaged Hyundai Santa Fe on Vermilion Street N.E. Officers are trying to see if there is a connection to the collision.

“What we are asking for at the moment is anybody who may have any information in regard to the movements of a dark blue Santa Fe motor vehicle, 2009 year model, to please come forward and assist us with our inquiries," he said.

While police are investigating whether the Santa Fe was involved in the hit-and-run, they still would like information from the public about other dark blue vehicles with front-end damage.

“We’ve got a young man who has been killed walking on the road. We want to put his family’s minds at rest,” he said.

Police, who are trying to reach the victim's family, have not released his name.

Officers are asking anyone with information to contact police or Crime Stoppers.