Burnaby RCMP respond to four pedestrian, one cyclist involved collisions within 24-hour period.
2020-11-20 15:22 PST
File # 2020-45777
Burnaby RCMP frontline officers responded to four motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and one collision involving a cyclist within a 24-hour period.
The first occurred yesterday, November 19th, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. in the 3700 block of Kitchener St. A 22-year-old women biking to work was struck by a 4-door sedan. The cyclist sustained injuries to her face and leg and was transported to hospital. The initial investigation has determined the cyclist to have failed to yield to the vehicle. No charges have been forwarded at this time.
Then at 9:00 a.m., a 15-year-old boy was struck by a small pickup while crossing Willindgon Ave. at Midlawn Dr. The driver, a 51-year-old Burnaby woman, told police her visibility was obstructed by the sun at the time of the collision. The boy was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The driver has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act.
At 7:00 p.m., a 20-year-old man was walking across the crosswalk at Maywood St. at Cassie Ave. when he was struck by an SUV. The man was taken to hospital with minor injuries, after having been struck in the back. The driver of the SUV, a 39-year-old Vancouver woman, has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Just 15 minutes later, at 7:15 p.m., a Burnaby traffic enforcement officer came across a 62-year-old man lying on the road at Royal Oak Ave. and Beresford St. It was quickly determined that the man had been walking across the street when he failed to yield to traffic and was struck by an SUV. The driver of the SUV, a 62-year-old Surrey man, told police he was unable to avoid the pedestrian who unexpectedly stepped right in front of his vehicle. Investigators located open liquor at the scene and determined the pedestrian to have been impaired by alcohol. The pedestrian, from the Sunshine Coast, has been charged under both the Liquor Control and Licensing Act and the Motor Vehicle Act. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
And finally, at 7:30 p.m., a 30-year-old Burnaby woman and her husband were crossing the street at Edmonds Ave. and Kingsway Ave when she was struck by a van. The driver of the van, now identified as a 39-year-old Coquitlam man, left the scene prior to police arrival. The driver was later located at his residence where he denied any involvement. He has since been charged with several violations under the Motor Vehicle Act. The pedestrian sustained minor injury and was not taken to hospital.
These dangerous collisions fortunately ended with no serious injury or loss of life, says Cpl. Brett Cunningham of the Burnaby RCMP.
However this isn’t always case. Earlier this week, frontline officers responded to a collision where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Central Boulevard and Bonsor Avenue. The pedestrian, a 75-year-old woman, remains in hospital in serious, but stable condition.
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We need to be vigilant and anticipate others, says Cpl. Brett Cunningham.
The next time you come to an intersection, as a pedestrian or as a driver, stop and take the time to look around. Notice the pedestrian looking down with their headphones on. Notice the driver stopped at the light on their cellphone. Keep your eyes up and never assume others can see you. This may save a life.
The Burnaby RCMP would like remind everyone of tips for pedestrians and drivers:
- Wear bright clothing with reflective material that can be seen by drivers
- Always maintain eye contact with the driver approaching you
- Don’t assume you have the right of way and walk in the crosswalk, make sure it is safe
- Don’t wear head phones or wear your hoody up so it affects your senses
- Use established crosswalks at lighted intersections when you can
- Be ready to yield to pedestrians attempting to cross the roadway
- Be focused on driving and put down your cell phone
- Always check twice when making turns and make eye contact with pedestrians before moving forward
- Be proactive in anticipating what other drivers and pedestrians are going to do
- Give yourself extra time to and assume it is going to be slippery
Cpl. Brett CunninghamMedia Relations Officer
burnaby.bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
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