A young man is recovering after being found lying unconscious on the side of the road just south of Dalmeny during the early morning hours of Saturday, March 10.
Dalmeny Police Chief Ted Mossop said he received a call just before 4:00 a.m. from a motorist who had spotted the man lying on the side of the Dalmeny Access Road about a mile south of town.
“There’s not a lot of traffic on the road at that time in the morning,” said Mossop in an interview on Monday, March 12.. “The motorist just caught a glimpse of a dark shape on the shoulder of the highway, so he turned around and went back to double-check.
“He found the person lying on the shoulder of the road, so he called in and waited until I got there.”
Mossop said on arrival he determined that the young man had apparently slipped and hit his head on the pavement.
“At first we didn’t know if he had been hit by a vehicle or what had happened,” said Mossop. “But it was apparent he had been walking on the shoulder of the road and had slipped on some ice.
“I was able to wake him up and he confirmed that’s what happened.”
Mossop confirmed the young man had consumed an undetermined amount of alcohol at a nearby acreage prior to the accident.
Mossop estimated the man had been lying in that spot for anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Despite being lightly dressed, with just a dark bunny hug and no gloves, the man did not appear to be suffering from frostbite.
Dalmeny Fire Rescue medical first responders arrived on the scene about five minutes after Chief Mossop, and attended to the injured man. The man was later transported to hospital by Medavie Ambulance to be checked over. Mossop said other than an apparent concussion, the man was not seriously injured and is now recovering.
“The motorist who spotted him is the one that deserves the credit,” said Mossop. “If it hadn’t been for his actions, the young man could have suffered from exposure. It was about minus 13 degrees at the time.”
Mossop said it was also fortunate the young man was not hit by a vehicle. He said if he had fallen into the traffic lane, he would have been almost impossible to see.
“Even walking along the road, dressed in dark clothing like that, is very dangerous,” said Mossop.