Former UFC fighter “The Big Deal” Ryan Jimmo died after he was struck and killed in a hit-and-run collision outside a bar in Edmonton, Canada. According to reports in The Daily Mail and CBC, Jimmo was in Edmonton with his girlfriend when he was hit by the vehicle after an altercation in the parking lot of a sports bar called the H2O Lounge. Police say Jimmo walked up to another driver in the parking lot and had a word. When he started walking away, the vehicle accelerated and knocked him to the ground.
The truck fled the scene leaving Jimmo fatally injured. Police say they don’t know if Jimmo knew the other driver. The hit-and-run vehicle has been described as a dark-colored older-model, extended-cab pickup truck. Police say t has been modified with a lift kit, oversized tires and clear tail lights. Investigators would also like to speak with the driver of the red car that was nearly hit as the truck fled the scene, or anyone else who may have witnessed the incident.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members, friends and fans of Ryan Jimmo. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
A Deliberate Act?
Based on this news report, it appears that this hit-and-run incident may have occurred as the direct result of an altercation outside the sports bar. This incident is different from many other hit-and-runs we see everyday in Los Angeles and Southern California because it appears that the driver of the pickup truck deliberately accelerated and knocked Jimmo down with the intention of hurting him. So, it would not be surprising if the authorities decide to file murder charges against the driver of the pickup truck. The investigation is still ongoing and we are curious to see what other details will surface as things unfold.
An Important Lesson
These incidents, including this particular high-profile incident, remind us time and again that leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime. The law requires motorists to stop and remain at the scene of a crash, regardless of whose fault the accident is. The law also requires drivers to help injured victims. There is really no excuse for leaving the scene of a crash. It is morally reprehensible and of course, a crime. We hope that the hit-and-run driver in this case is apprehended and brought to justice, and that Jimmo’s family members get some semblance of closure.