Winnipeg police released little information Wednesday after the man was found just after midnight. Originally, police called it a “traffic-related incident.”
When officers got there, police said they found a man who has hurt. They began CPR until paramedics arrived. The man was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died of his injuries, police said. Northbound Main Street was closed for several hours as officers investigated.
The Main Street underpass at Sutherland Avenue was closed for several hours Wednesday while officers investigated.
Cst. Rob Carver said the man, identified as Neilson Catcheway, 40, was assaulted, and in a separate incident, the man was struck by a vehicle.
“Hopefully the driver will just come forward and make it simple for us,” he said, when asked if the person was driving a car, truck or SUV.
Carver said he couldn’t give any details on the assault itself, but said it likely happened before the man was found in the roadway.
Winnipeg police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck a man who had just been assaulted on Main Street Wednesday.
Police were called to the scene between Higgins and Sutherland avenues around midnight where they found an unresponsive man.
Officers began CPR on the victim until paramedics arrived. He was taken to hospital in critical condition, but later died of his injuries.
Const. Rob Carver said police believe Catcheway was assaulted and then, in a separate unrelated incident, was hit by a car travelling northbound on Main Street.
"They can come forward, or we can track them down. It works easier if they would just come forward," Carver said.
"We have some additional information that I’m not releasing at this point in the investigation. We’re currently trying to assess exactly what that vehicle was," Carver said.
He added no one is in custody for the assault. This incident is considered a homicide, and marks the 31st this year.
Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
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