The family of a 26-year-old pedestrian who was killed early Monday morning while walking to Tim Hortons is questioning why the driver of the vehicle that hit their son didn’t stay at the scene of the collision.
Moises Morales was rushed to Foothills Hospital in critical condition after a Honda Accord struck and dragged him in the 4000 block of Centre Street N. around 4 a.m. Monday.
Morales succumbed to his injuries in hospital. His death is the second pedestrian fatality in Calgary in five days.
His family believes he had either finished work or was on his way to work and was walking to a nearby Tim Hortons when he was struck.
“It’s just unbelievable that our son’s life was taken away at such a young age and this guy had the guts to run away … Maybe he could have saved our son’s life by giving first aid or calling the ambulance. We don’t know how long our son was (on the road) before somebody else called the ambulance,” said Morales’ stepfather Harold Chavarria.
The male driver of the vehicle that hit Morales fled the scene but returned approximately four-and-a-half hours later, without the car, to turn himself into police. Charges are pending and on Monday police sought a search warrant to seize the man’s damaged vehicle.
EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux said when crews arrived on scene around 4 a.m. Monday, other motorists were attempting to assist Morales.
Sgt. Colin Foster of the Calgary Police Traffic Section said it is believed Morales was crossing from east to west in an unmarked crosswalk when he was struck by a car travelling northbound on Centre Street.
Instead of spending family day preparing a large meal for her family as planned, Morales’ mom returned to the scene where her son was hit, along with her husband and five of Morales’ six siblings on Monday morning.
Family describe Morales as a workaholic who juggled two jobs and loved to visit the mountains whenever he had a chance.
Morales moved to Canada from Nicaragua when he was four-year-old and he adored the Spanish food of his home country.
He had planned to spend Monday evening enjoying a tasty Spanish meal with his parents and siblings.
Morales’ death comes just days after Shelly Pauletto, a mother of two, was killed while crossing the street outside her Beltline office on a marked crosswalk at the intersection of 10th Avenue and 5th Street S.W. on Thursday.
In the wake of the fatalities, Foster urged local pedestrians and drivers to exercise caution.
Pedestrians should make eye-contact with drivers and ensure vehicles are slowing down for them before crossing and drivers need to be aware that pedestrians are on the road, Foster said.
“Be cognizant of who is on the road, both for pedestrians and drivers,” he said.