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Teen hit by truck, in critical condition

Oct 25 2012

A 13-year-old Langford boy remains in critical condition after being struck by a pickup truck on a dark stretch of Sooke Road on Tuesday night.

The boy, who was treated at the scene and given CPR before being transported to hospital, has multiple injuries, said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Max Fos-sum.

The crash is being investigated, but police say the boy was struck by a small pickup while crossing the road about 7 p.m.

The accident occurred between Glenshire Road and the Slegg Lumber parking lot entrance. The road was closed for about three hours.

West Shore RCMP spokeswoman Corp. Kathy Rochlitz said traffic analysts were helping with the investigation.

Sooke Road is not well lit in that area and drivers are coming out of a series of curves, Rochlitz said.

The teen was one of two pedestrians struck by vehicles in the capital region Tuesday night, and the third since Monday.

A pedestrian was hit by a B.C. Transit bus about 8 p.m. Tuesday in Oak Bay.

The 29-year-old woman was walking in a marked crosswalk with a signal on Landsdowne Road, according to Oak Bay Deputy Chief Kent Thom.

The victim is believed to have sustained a broken arm. An incident report at B.C. Transit says the woman was struck as the bus was turning.

Oak Bay police are investigating the accident.

On Monday, a 17-year-old male was struck by a vehicle in the early evening.

The youth activated the lights for the crosswalk at West Saanich and Prospect Lake roads, but stepped onto the street in dark, rainy conditions without checking his surroundings.

"He was immediately struck by a vehicle," said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

The youth was lifted onto the hood, breaking the windshield, and suffered significant injuries to his pelvis, hips and legs.

Police determined the motorist had no chance to stop. No ticket was issued.

The incident should remind drivers that visibility on the roads is diminishing with the change of seasons, Jantzen said.

Pedestrians should "give every possible consideration to being seen," he said, recommending people use reflective clothing or a flashlight.

Motorists need to ensure they've had proper seasonal maintenance to their vehicles, including getting their tires checked.

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