A 20-year-old man is dead after he was struck by a taxi cab in Iqaluit on New Year's Day.

The accident happened at about 6 a.m. on Queen Elizabeth Road, between the Northmart and Northwestel buildings.

RCMP say the man, who was originally from Clyde River, was lying in the middle of the road when he was struck by the cab.

Caribou Cabs owner Danny Savard says his driver is very distraught and "not doing well."

The driver has been living in Iqaluit for more than a year.

The office of the chief coroner, the RCMP Forensic Identification Section and the Iqaluit RCMP are investigating the incident, and an autopsy has been ordered.

RCMP say foul play is not suspected.