Elderly woman crossing Douglas dies after being struck by municipal truck
Nov 29 2012
Victoria police investigate the scene where a truck struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Discovery and Douglas streets at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.Photograph by: ADRIAN LAM , TIMES COLONIST
A woman in her 70s has died after being struck while crossing the road at Douglas and Discovery streets about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Victoria police Staff Sgt. Gord Cochrane said the woman suffered head injuries. She was hit by a municipality of Saanich pickup truck.
The road was closed for several hours as officers investigated the scene.
Two similar incidents in Nanaimo have also involved older adults, the most recent coming Tuesday night when a 79-year-old woman was struck by a car while in a marked crosswalk near the Terminal Park Mall.
She was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital before being airlifted to Victoria General Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition.
Nanaimo RCMP said the pavement was wet at the time. Officers determined there was evidence to support a charge against the driver for failing to yield to a pedestrian, a Motor Vehicle Act offence that includes a fine of $167.
Less than a week ago, a 70-year-old man was killed when he was hit while crossing a Nanaimo street in the late afternoon. Police said it was dark and rainy at the time, and the man did not appear to have been in a crosswalk.
The driver that hit the man was co-operative with police, and charges are not anticipated.
Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien said pedestrians are advised to wear reflective clothing and to try to make eye contact with drivers before making crossing a roadway.