A 22-year-old Hamilton man became the city’s 17th traffic fatality of the year after he was ejected while riding in the rear of a pickup truck on the Lincoln Alexander Parkway on Saturday night.
Sgt. Terri-Lynn Collings said the victim was trying to hold down a mattress at about 9:30 p.m. when both fell from the eastbound pickup between Upper Gage and Upper Ottawa streets.
The man was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld at his family’s request.
The collision reconstruction unit continues to investigate and asks anyone with information to call Det. Const. Matt Hewko at 905-546-4755.
The death was the third traffic fatality in the past week. An 87-year-old Dundas woman succumbed to her injuries in hospital after being struck by a car as she crossed Governor’s Road near St. Joseph’s Villa at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Hers was the 18th traffic fatality this year.
A 69-year-old St. George man also died after his he lost control of his pickup truck on Highway 5 in Flamborough and hit a tree at 10:30 a.m. last Friday. Police believe he had suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash.
No charges have been laid in any of the collisions.