NEWS
10/28/2011 12:13 EDT | Updated 12/28/2011 05:12 EST

Mexico Detains Canadian Found With Body In Pickup Truck

OTTAWA - A Canadian arrested in Mexico City after a body was found in the back of his pickup truck told police that he hit a pedestrian and was taking him to the hospital, local authorities said Friday.

In a summary of facts sent to The Canadian Press, the state public security department said that 48-year-old Bruno Nardi was arrested Tuesday night after police discovered a corpse lying in the cargo box.

Nardi, the department said, is a Canadian who has been living in Mexico for eight years and had resident status. There was no immediate information about Nardi's hometown or province.

The authorities allege that Nardi had hit 78-year-old Gregorio Canseco Albogabo at an intersection shortly before he was ultimately stopped. Local newspapers reported that the windshield of Nardi's pickup was broken and that he had been speeding.

The media also noted that witnesses had called police to report a hit-and-run, and that the victim's shoes were found at the intersection.

"In his first statements, the alleged admitted that he hit the man and said that he had decided to transport him inside his vehicle, a pickup truck, to the Mexican Social Security Hospital," reads the official account.

"Nevertheless, the victim died."

The account adds that Nardi told authorities he got lost while he was trying to reach the hospital.

Nardi is currently being held at a detention centre in Mexico City and was scheduled to appear before a judge Friday, when he was to be assigned a court date.

Rodolfo Torres, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office, said the Canadian embassy in Mexico was offering consular support to Nardi.

A spokesman for the department of foreign affairs said Friday it was aware of the arrest of a Canadian and was gathering information from local authorities in Mexico City. But Ian Trites could not confirm the identity of the Canadian or any other personal details due to privacy considerations.