Hamilton Police say an autopsy indicates a man’s ‘suspicious’ death was not homicide.
Investigators from the Major Crime Unit said Monday (Feb. 3) that they worked throughout the weekend on the death of 24-year-old Kyle Richardson, who was found outside Juravinski Hospital early Saturday morning suffering from serious injuries.
When staff were alerted to Richardson’s presence outside the hospital, they attempted life-saving measures but he was later pronounced dead.
Investigators say they’ve been able to account for Richardson’s whereabouts for the entire evening prior to his death.
A Blue Line taxi that drove Richardson that night was located and the driver was co-operative with the investigation.
An autopsy was carried out at the Hamilton General Hospital and results reveal that Richardson was not the victim of a homicide.
Detectives learned that Richardson, for unknown reasons, climbed the side of a slowly moving salt truck that was salting the ramp of the emergency area of Juravinski Hospital.
Unbeknownst to the driver, police say, Richardson either fell or jumped off, resulting in the truck running over Richardson.
Due to the size of the truck, the driver would not have known he injured Richardson.
The driver later observed Richardson on the driveway of the emergency area and summoned for help. No camera at the hospital captured this incident in its entirety and investigators have viewed all available cameras.
The family has requested privacy as they grieve the loss of their loved one.
The investigation has now been turned over to the Hamilton Police Service Traffic Reconstruction Unit for further investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Vandercraats at 905-546-4755 or 905-546-4753.
To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com.