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Thompson RCMP seek advice in fatal 2019 hit-and-run

Solomon McDonald of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation was walking on Highway 391 just north of the Burntwood River when he was hit by a vehicle and killed on March 22, 2019.

Three years after 41-year-old Solomon McDonald was hit by a vehicle on Highway 391 just north of Thompson, RCMP still have no answers about his death.

McDonald, a Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation man who had 10 children, seven of whom were under the age of 12 at the time of his death, is believed to have died at approximately 1:00 a.m. on March 22, 2019. Thompson RCMP received a report from a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian around 1:05 a.m. that day, but there were no vehicles at the scene just north of the Burntwood River when police arrived.

The investigation, assisted by a forensic collision reconstructionist and the RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team, determined that McDonald’s death was the result of being struck by a vehicle while he was walking on the road. RCMP say they conducted numerous interviews in connection with McDonald’s death and continue to search for the vehicle that struck him or any witnesses or others with information about the fatal collision.

Anyone who saw the vehicle hit McDonald’s or has information about the collision is asked to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.