Bad week for pedestrians
Pedestrians were hit by vehicles in three separate instances last week.
A 35-year-old woman was hit by a car while crossing the intersection of Robron Road and Alder Street at 2:20 p.m. on Friday.
“Totally a piece of bad driving resulted in the injury to this person,” said RCMP Sgt. Craig Massey. “When we have vehicles stopped at a cross walk, other drivers need to be aware of the totality of their surroundings and generally if other vehicles are stopped at a cross walk there’s a good reason for it.”
Two vehicles making right hand turns were stopped at the cross walk waiting for the woman to cross the intersection.
A 19-year-old Campbell River woman driving south on Alder Street in a 1986 Honda Accord passed the two stopped vehicles, entered the crosswalk, and struck the pedestrian.
“For whatever reason this young driver decided to go past them (the other cars),” said Massey. “From the pedestrian’s standpoint, at that point vehicle traffic has stopped to allow you safe passage in the cross walk as you’re entitled to do, and then she was clipped by the impending driver.”
The pedestrian was treated for minor injuries. Charges of fail to yield to a pedestrian will be laid against the 19-year-old driver.
A young man was hit on Dogwood Street near 7th Avenue while he was jaywalking at 1:42 p.m. on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Campbell River man was running across Dogwood Street attempting to dodge through passing traffic.
According to Massey, witnesses reported that he got through the southbound traffic, but when crossing into northbound traffic he emerged suddenly from behind a large truck.
“The last vehicle that he ran in behind in the southbound traffic was some type of a cube truck so that obscured the visibility of him to any northbound traffic,” said Massey. “So he emerged from behind that cube truck directly into the path of the northbound motorist.”
Massey said the young man ran into a Jeep driven by a Campbell River man when he crossed into the northbound lane.
“He actually ran into the vehicle, rather than the vehicle running into him,” said Massey. “If he was struck fully on the front of the vehicle, that would indicate the vehicle had struck him. In this case, he struck a moving vehicle from the side and ended up going over the hood and impacting the windshield.”
The pedestrian was transported to hospital, and details on the man’s injuries are unknown, but he was released from hospital later that day.
He was issued with a violation notice for failing to yield right of way to a vehicle when not in a cross walk.
Later in the evening on Thursday, a pedestrian was hit in a gas station parking lot, however, the driver and the pedestrian left the scene before police arrived.
Massey described the incident as “very odd.”
Witnesses at the scene said that a silver Honda CRV had been parked curbside in the 900 block of South Island Highway about 8:00 p.m.
“For reasons unknown, the vehicle starts to accelerate, turns into the parking lot for that fueling station, strikes the pedestrian,” explained Massey. “The pedestrian goes up over the hood of the vehicle and rolls off, and the vehicle continues on and flees from the scene.”
When police arrived, they were told that the pedestrian had gotten up and left the scene as well.
Massey said police are still investigating the incident.
“We’re trying to track down both the pedestrian and the operator of the silver Honda CRV to try and find out if this was an intentional act or truly an accident,” said Massey.