Funeral for Dawson James “DJ” Wegner-Cramer happening today

Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of the 23-year-old man who died while trying to stop thieves from stealing his truck last week.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of the 23-year-old man who died while trying to stop thieves from stealing his truck last week.

The service for Dawson James “DJ” Wegner-Cramer of Red Deer will be held at 10 a.m. at the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium (6287-67th Street) at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wegner-Cramer died in hospital on March 16 after he was injured as he attempted to prevent two men from taking his white Ford F-650 in the Normandeau neighbourhood. Police believe he was struck by the truck as the thieves drove away.

The 23-year-old was found in distress at an alley behind Nordegg Crescent just before 5 a.m.

Just minutes later police received a 911 report of an erratic driver in a white cube truck leaving the scene at 31 Nordegg Crescent.

Police then responded to a report of a suspicious white truck that had been parked on Page Avenue in the Pines neighbourhood.

Two suspects were seen running from the abandoned vehicle into a wooded area off of the street.

The Calgary RCMP Major Crimes Unit is now investigating with help from Red Deer RCMP specialized units.

Police are appealing to the public for information about the theft or the abandonment of the white truck.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a white F-650 driving erratically between 4:50 a.m. and 5:50 a.m. in the area of Nordegg Crescent, Nolan Street, Page Avenue, Gaetz Avenue and 76 Street.

Contact the Red Deer City RCMP Detachment at 403-343-5575 if you have any information on these incidents. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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