The pedestrian who was killed on a highway east of Russell on Thursday is being investigated in relation to a break and enter that occurred at a Roblin liquor store about two hours prior to his death.
Even so, the two incidents are considered separate, with the driver who struck the pedestrian believed to have been on their way to work when the incident occurred, RCMP media relations officer Sgt. Paul Manaigre said on Sunday, explaining; "It was an innocent motorist that unfortunately struck the male."
The driver is not facing any charges.
Police arrived on the scene shortly after a road fatality was called in at about 5:20 a.m. on Thursday.
The incident found a 33-year-old Regina man struck by a westbound vehicle in the same lane as him while he was walking about 1.5 kilometres east of Russell on Highway 45.
He was transported to hospital in critical condition and later died of his injuries.
While Regina was his last known address, Manaigre said that the victim was originally from Manitoba.
It was while police investigated the fatality and interviewed people in the area that "everything just kind of snowballed," Manaigre said, adding that they were soon pointed in the direction of the break and enter at a Roblin liquor store that had occurred at about 3:15 a.m.
As a result of this police investigation, a 43-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man, both from Waywayseecappo First Nation, were arrested in relation to the break and enter.
With the robbery still under investigation, the RCMP can’t say much more at this point, other than to confirm that the 33-year-old man who was struck and killed on Thursday is also under investigation in relation to the break and enter.
Most details surrounding the motor vehicle incident are also not being made public at this stage of the investigation, other than that the pedestrian and motorist were in the same lane and that the motorist was on the way to work at the time of the incident.
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