Alberni man killed in Alberta hit and run

A 49-year-old Port Alberni man was killed instantly in a hit and run late Saturday night in Vermillion, Alberta.

A Port Alberni man is dead after a hit and run east of Edmonton, Alta.

Roderick Kurtis Kaminsky, 49, was killed instantly June 30 after being run over by a westbound minivan in the town of Vermillion, which is 150 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, RCMP Sgt. Michael McGinley said.

Kaminsky travelled by bus from Port Alberni to Vermillion to visit family. The bus dropped him off at the entrance to the town at 2:30 a.m.

According to two busloads of passengers who witnessed the incident, Kaminsky crossed the east-bound lane of Highway 16 and Highway 870 without incident. But he was killed while crossing the west-bound lane. The minivan didn’t stop and fled the scene, McGinley said.

Police are on the look out for the van, which is described as being a dark green 1990 to 1995 Dodge Caravan. Debris at the scene suggests that the van has extensive front-end damage and a missing grille, McGinley said.

The investigation is ongoing, he added.

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