Fatal hit-and-run in west Edmonton now being investigated as homicide

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Edmonton homicide detectives are investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred in the city’s west end last week.

In a Thursday news release, police said officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run collision at approximately 12 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the area of 156 Street and 107 Avenue.

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It was reported that a black Lincoln SUV truck struck a male cyclist in a parking lot and immediately left the scene. The man was rushed to hospital, but died of his injuries.

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An autopsy on Tuesday by the Edmonton Medical Examiner determined the victim, 31-year-old Lawrence Bishop, died of blunt-force trauma.

Investigators determined the accused and the cyclist knew each other, prompting the EPS homicide unit to take over the investigation to see if charges need to be upgraded.

Johnathan Morgan, 38, is charged with dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop after an accident resulting in death and suspended driving.

Investigators continue to ask witnesses and those who have dashcam or home security footage of the collision or the events leading up to the collision to please contact the EPS by calling 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.

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