Police in Nanaimo are looking for witnesses to a possible hit and run. (News Bulletin file photo)

Police seek witnesses to possible hit and run

Man walking on Nanaimo road struck in head, knocked unconscious

RCMP investigators are asking for the public’s help with a possible hit and run after a man was allegedly struck in the head and knocked unconscious while walking in north Nanaimo.

The incident happened Wednesday, sometime between 3 and 3:30 p.m., near the Wellington Beer and Wine Store, located at 3956 Victoria Ave.

According to police, the victim, 59-year-old Nanaimo man, said he was walking by himself and had just passed the beer and wine store when he was suddenly and without warning rendered unconscious. When he came to he was bleeding from a gash to the back of his head. People working nearby did not see the incident, but responded when they saw him lying on the roadway.

B.C. Ambulance paramedics and police attended. The victim regained consciousness and was transported to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital where he received several stitches to close the wound to his head.

The man has no idea what caused him to lose consciousness. He told investigators he does not suffer from seizures and is in good physical health and that all he remembers is hearing the sound of screeching tires before losing consciousness.

Investigators canvassed the area for witnesses and possible video surveillance but were not successful.

“Without further information investigators cannot determine what actually caused the incident and are unable to proceed further with the investigation,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, in a press release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

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