A 24-year-old Pitt Meadows man mistakenly jumped to his death last Wednesday after trying to avoid a large truck while out jogging in Stewart, near the Alaska border.
Police believe the man was jogging west on Highway 37A, when a large truck approached behind him. He crossed the road to avoid the truck, and jumped over a concrete barrier, unaware of the steep drop down to the ocean on the other side.
The man, who’s name is not being released at the request of his family, fell close to 10 metres onto the rocks below, as the tide was out. Alcohol or drugs were not deemed to be factors and foul play is not suspected, said police. Stewart RCMP were called out to the scene at 6:45 p.m. where they found the unconscious man laying on the rocky ocean shore. First Aid was provided by a witness, passersby and paramedics, who quickly arrived on scene. With assistance of a crane truck and basket, the man was lifted back onto the roadway and then taken to the Stewart Hospital by ambulance, where he later died from his injuries.
– with files