Edmonton police are looking for the driver of a Jeep involved in a single-vehicle crash on Gateway Boulevard last week that killed his passenger after the driver walked away from hospital.
Ryan Richard Wilneff, a 28-year-old man from Nova Scotia, is now wanted on a Canada-wide warrant and facing numerous charges including impaired operation causing death, dangerous driving causing death, possession of a controlled substance, and four breaches of probation orders.
Wilneff sustained serious injuries in the crash last Wednesday that killed another 28-year-old man.
Police assumed his injuries were serious enough to keep him in hospital so he wasn't under guard. But two days later, Wilneff discharged himself and walked away. He was not in custody or facing charges at the time.
"It's obviously very disappointing that he discharged himself. In a perfect world this doesn't happen," said Edmonton Police Const. Rick Wevers.
"But there's really nothing stopping him from getting up and walking away. And we were quite surprised that he was able to do so."
Wilneff has a lengthy criminal record in Nova Scotia.
Wilneff was also arrested in Halifax in March 2013 after a police-involved shooting. He was not charged in relation to that event but was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Wilneff has no criminal record in Alberta. Police believe he moved to the province recently.