A 66-year-old man who died after he was hit by a police vehicle on Saturday has been identified to CBC News as Dave Walsh, a retired volunteer member of the North Sydney Fire department.

The independent body that investigates serious police incidents is investigating.

SIRT was called in after Walsh was struck Saturday afternoon while officers were responding to a call about an injured child.

Cape Breton Regional Police say a police officer was moving a marked police vehicle out of the way for an ambulance and while backing up, he hit Walsh.

He died at the scene.

His funeral will be held Thursday.