Man dies from injuries after being found in North Saanich

Injured 79-year-old man found laying near Lochside Drive near popular dog walking park; police release photo to help track his movements.

Police issued this photo

Sidney North Saanich RCMP have released the photo of a 79-year-old man who died after being found laying in the street in North Saanich Tuesday morning.

Police hope someone might recognize him, in order to help pinpoint his movements that night and early morning. They hope to determine what exactly happened to him.

The elderly man from injuries after he was found laying along Lochside Drive near Cy Hampson Park in North Saanich.

At around 4 a.m. on Aug. 9, police were called to the scene and the man was taken to hospital, where he would later die of his injuries. According to the RCMP, there is no clear indication what happened and they are investigating the cause of death and the scene.

Cpl. Erin Fraser of the Sidney North Saanich RCMP says the investigation so far indicates that no vehicle was involved and the man was not struck by a vehicle. There were no other obvious injuries, she said.

Fraser said that the man’s death was in all likelihood accidental.

“It appears the male became disoriented and may have fallen and struck his head, causing fatal injuries,” Fraser stated in a media release. “There is no evidence to suggest foul play and no evidence to suggest a vehicle was involved. The male may have been suffering from early signs of cognitive/memory impairment and this may have been a contributing factor to this incident.”

The man, Fraser continued later, was unconscious the entire time police were involved and was believed to speak only Mandarin.

She said his family was notified and were with him in hospital this morning. His name has not been released.

Fraser said the man might have been walking around the Sidney and North Saanich areas overnight and are hoping that anyone who may have seen him will remember and call the local RCMP.

“If anyone saw this man they are asked to call Sidney North Saanich RCMP,” Fraser aid. “We are still trying to re-trace his final steps before he was found …”

A portion of Lochside Drive near Amity Drive was closed to all traffic as police investigated the scene. Lochside was also blocked off at the McTavish interchange. The route has since re-opened.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 250-656-3931.