Woman, 53, killed in north Edmonton hit and run

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Woman, 53, killed in north Edmonton hit and run

Police are searching for a dark-coloured SUV with significant front-end damage following a deadly hit and run in northeast Edmonton early Wednesday. 

A 53-year-old woman walked into the intersection of Fort Road and 131st Avenue in front of Century Casino on a red light at around 1 a.m., said acting Sgt. Darren Sunley.

The woman was outside of the lines of the crosswalk when she was struck by a southbound SUV.

The SUV did not stop.

"Civilians initially came to her aid," Sunley said. "One of our members who happened to be travelling on Fort Road — he happened to come across the collision almost directly after it happened — he also attempted first-aid procedures." 

However, when paramedics arrived, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. 

According to surveillance video from Century Casino, the woman left the casino, Sunley said.

It doesn't appear the driver of the SUV was coming from the casino. 

Significant damage to SUV

The footage suggests the SUV was travelling 50 to 60 km/h.

"There should be significant damage with the body going up over the grille and onto the hood," Sunley said.

He said the driver-side headlight — and possibly the windshield — were shattered in the collision. 

The video is of good quality, but there is "an issue in relation to the distance," he said. 

Century Casino is on the east side of Fort Road, closer to the northbound lanes of Fort Road than the southbound lanes where the collision occurred. 

The taillights of the SUV appear to be higher-set than the taillights of most SUVs, he said. 

Police have identified the woman. 

While police have witnesses, they have no suspects. 

The woman's death is Edmonton's fifth traffic fatality of 2017.