A man was killed in a collision while trying to flee police early Friday afternoon in Red Deer.
Red Deer RCMP say the driver was attempting to avoid arrest when his car collided with another vehicle at the 60th Street and Taylor Drive intersection.
The incident began around 11:30 a.m. when police responded to a report of an erratic driver in a parking lot on Gaetz Avenue in north Red Deer.
When police arrived, a black SUV was pulled over. The vehicle came to a stop, but then drove away when the officers got out of their vehicle.
Police didn’t pursue the SUV for public safety reasons, but it was found shortly after in an alley in north Red Deer. The suspect then took off again.
The SUV had collided with another vehicle at the 60th Street and Taylor Drive intersection before hitting a tree, and coming to a stop on the 60th Street hill about 200 metres east of the intersection.
The man was pronounced dead around 1:30 p.m.
Red Deer Emergency Services treated the driver whose vehicle was struck was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
The northbound Taylor Drive lanes and the 60th Street hill was closed to traffic for more than two hours while police investigated and the scene was cleaned up.
The investigation is ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.