The family of Robert McGee has confirmed that he was the man struck and killed by a speeding driver on Saturday evening.

A driver fleeing from police struck and killed an elderly man in the middle of Huntingdon, a town about 70 kilometres southwest of Montreal.

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Sgt. Claude Denis of the Sûreté du Québec said officers gave chase after spotting a speeding vehicle on Highway 138 outside of town, but lost sight of the driver during the time it took for the police car to turn around.

The SQ confirmed later on Sunday afternoon that the car had allegedly been stolen.

Huntingdon pedestrian killed

Provincial police are investigating after a 72-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed in Huntingdon, Que. by a speeding vehicle which struck three parked cars then rolled. (Radio-Canada)

Former Huntingdon mayor Stéphane Gendron declined an interview with CBC Radio-Canada, but did say that he was bowled over by McGee's death. 

"Mr. McGee was a critic and a collaborator with the City, and I appreciated him enormously," Gendron wrote. "Citizen engagement, that was him. He was a big defender of the anglophone community. A historian. A gentleman."

Witness's car burst into flames

The officers first encountered the speeding car on the highway, but lost track of it while turning the cruiser around to pursue the suspect. They learned of the collision after returning to the town.

After hitting and killing McGee on impact, police said the speeding vehicle then hit three parked cars on the street.

Jennifer Baumeister was out for dinner with her son when, as she was about to order, someone inside the restaurant said a car outside was on fire.

"And then, when I got out of the door of the restaurant, somebody said, 'That's your car!' and I said, 'Can't be my car cause my car's way over there.' And I go pointing to way over there, and there was nothing there anymore," Baumeister said.

Her car had been tossed 20 metres before bursting into flames.

The 32-year-old driver, a resident of the nearby hamlet of Athelstan, was transported to hospital in serious condition. He is expected to make a full recovery, police said.

He is facing charges of dangerous driving causing death and impaired driving causing death. The SQ said the charges were announced before knowing the results of the blood test.