Left: RCMP highway patrol officers
(Vancouver, BC) A deceased motorist spent at least three days in his vehicle on the side of a busy Canadian highway, undisturbed by passersby.
Police who checked the car's license plate also failed to realize the elderly man was dead, despite at least three passes and license checks.
The 75-year old man likely became ill and pulled off to the side of highway before he slumped down in his seat and died, said police.
"In light of this incident, we are going to be discussing it with the RCMP and reviewing our own practices to see if there is something we should be doing differently," said Abbotsford Constable Casey Vinet, refering to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. "Obviously, as police we want to be in the position to help people in need as soon as possible."
While Abbotsford police and RCMP highway patrol vehicles spotted the man's vintage yellow El Camino on the shoulder of the road over the weekend and ran its plate through computers, they did not inspect the vehicle.
The small dog was apparently unharmed after the ordeal, and was turned over to family members.