A 49-year-old Summerside man who was struck by a provincial Department of Transportation snowblower Saturday afternoon remains in hospital in serious condition.
RCMP Cpl. Craig Eveleigh said Monday that the man had hitched a ride home, and the driver, who picked him up, let him out on the side of the highway at Reads Corner.
The man then crossed the road, Eveleigh said, and walked right into the path of the snowblower. Luckily, the blades of the snowblower were not turning at the time.
The snowblower was travelling at between 20 and 30 kilometres an hour.
"The snowplow operator, from the statement that we took from that man, it appeared he did not see the man at all. And he didn't know what had happened until he was stopped by another motorist," Eveleigh said.
"There was no alcohol involvement on the part of the snowplow operator, but from our accounts, alcohol possibly could have been a factor on the part of the pedestrian, the man who was struck."
Police aren't releasing the name of the injured man who is in the Prince County Hospital.
RCMP do not expect to lay any charges in the incident.