Man found dead on side of Sunshine Coast road 'may have been sleeping'

Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who was found dead on the side of the road in the Sunshine Coast hinterland on Wednesday.

Police have said it is possible the man may have been asleep when he was hit.

“Preliminary investigations suggest the man may have fallen asleep close to the road and may have been struck by a passing vehicle, with the driver possibly unaware they struck the man,” Queensland Police said.

Police were called to the scene at around 4am on Wednesday by a passing motorist who spotted the body.

The death happened on Eumandi-Kenilworth Road, near the intersection of Sam Kelly Road, Gheerulla.

Police were called to the roadside, where a man appeared to have been hit by a car in his sleep. Source: WIN News Sunshine Coast.

A Queensland Police spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo News Australia that police are still investigating the death.

The police are appealing to anyone in the area who saw someone walking along the road between 8pm on July 16 and 4am on July 17 to contact police through Policelink on 131 444.

The man has not yet been publicly identified.

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