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Man dies after being found in lane behind Main Street building

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Winnipeg police have a back alley behind the United Way building on Main Street at Alexander Avenue taped off Wednesday morning. Alexander Avenue at Main is closed to traffic.

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Winnipeg police have a back alley behind the United Way building on Main Street at Alexander Avenue taped off Wednesday morning. Alexander Avenue at Main is closed to traffic. Photo Store

A 55-year-old man found outside the United Way building this morning has died after being rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Police and emergency personnel arrived on the scene at approximately 5:30 a.m. after a passerby noticed the man in the west rear lane in the 500 block of Main Street.

It’s not known how long the man was in the back lane, though police say it appears he had been outside for a number of hours. The temperature in Winnipeg hovered around the -16 C mark overnight, with wind chill values in the -24 range.

There were no obvious signs of foul play. The name of the man will not be released.

Executive Director at the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, Dennis Lewycky, said that contrary to popular belief there are no organizations who take on the role of going out and looking for people who are left out in the cold.

"It would be too hard for anyone to monitor the whole city," said Lewycky. "If it turns out this man was homeless, this is the price we pay for not addressing homelessness as a major crisis."

The stretch of Alexander Avenue between Main Street and King Street was closed off this morning during the investigation. Traffic is now open in the area.

 

 

History

Updated on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7:34 AM CST: adds photo

9:45 AM: updates with time

12:06 PM: Updates with death of man.

2:48 PM: Updates with quotes.

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