Family marks one-year anniversary of Solomon McDonald’s death in an unsolved hit-and-run collision

The family of a Nelson House man who was killed in an unsolved hit-and-run just north of Thompson in 2019 held a memorial feast March 22 to mark one year since his death.

Solomon McDonald, 42, died after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 391 just north of the Miles Hart Bridge over the Burntwood River March 22, 2019. A vehicle-pedestrian collision was reported to Thompson RCMP around 1 a.m. that day.

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Solomon’s mother Delsey McDonald organized the feast with his siblings Gail McDonald, Rogina Linklater, Trapper Linklater and David McDonald as well as his aunts Lori Anne Hartie, Alma McDonald and Nora Linklater and his uncle Alex McDonald. The family complied with state of emergency regulations prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or more during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Solomon McDonald had 10 children, the youngest of them four-year-old twin girls and two grandchildren.

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation vice-chief and councillor Cheryl Moore told the Thompson Citizen that Solomon’s family has not heard anything from the RCMP about the investigation and that his mother Delsey McDonald believes someone from Thompson or one of the surrounding communities knows something and she and his common-law partner Nellie Wood hope that someone with information about the collision will come forward.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the collision can call the Thompson RCMP detachment at 204-677-6909 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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