Police find vehicle suspected in fatal hit and run of UFC vet Ryan Jimmo; autopsy determines cause of death

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Police in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada have located a vehicle they suspect was used in the fatal hit and run of longtime MMA vet Ryan Jimmo over the weekend.

Homicide detectives announced on Tuesday that the vehicle has been seized for forensic examination, though an arrest has yet to be made. They continue to seek tips about the incident from the public.

An autopsy was conducted on Jimmo, with the medical examiner confirming Jimmo’s cause of death as blunt force trauma. According to initial reports, Jimmo got into an altercation in a parking lot early Sunday morning, and the driver of the vehicle in question is alleged to have run him down as he was walking away. Jimmo was transported to a hospital after the incident but did not survive his injuries.

The UFC, where Jimmo competed for the final three years of his career, released the following statement this week:

UFC is saddened to learn of the passing Ryan Jimmo.

Jimmo, 34, fought for the organization seven times between 2012-2015, earning performance bonuses in two of those bouts.

UFC sends its condolences to Jimmo’s family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.

Additionally, anyone with information on what may have happened is encouraged to contact Edmonton police. Per their press release, they can be contacted at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

Penick’s Analysis: It appears while they may have found the vehicle itself they’re still seeking the owner/driver/responsible party. Whether that means the car had been abandoned is unclear, but they haven’t released further information as of yet. Regardless, whomever is responsible must be found and brought to justice. This remains a horrific and terribly sad incident, and we can only hope that police are able to find this person. We echo the sentiments of the UFC and extend our condolences to all those affected by this tragic passing.

[Photo (c) Jason Silva via USA Today Sports]

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