Police urge awareness after string of hit-and-runs
Christine Tam , CTV British Columbia
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012 9:19AM PST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 4, 2012 9:25PM PST
Police are warning drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to be extra aware on the road after a string of recent hit-and-run collisions.
In the latest incident, Mounties are seeking the driver of a car who collided with two female joggers in Surrey, B.C. Monday night.
The women were hit while crossing the intersection of 152 Street and 32 Avenue at around 9 p.m.
Police are looking for a white, crossover-type vehicle that sped away from the scene travelling west on 32nd Avenue.
Police say the women were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The joggers were wearing reflective running gear and head lamps at the time of the crash.
This incident is one of several hit-and-run collisions in Metro Vancouver in the last week.
On Sunday, a mother of two was killed in a hit-and-run in East Vancouver.
Leonida Tumanda, 43, was killed Sunday night on her way home from work at the Edgewater Casino, leaving husband Nilo Tumanda to care for their two children.
Authorities and Tumanda have urged the individual to turn themselves in.
On Friday, a driver fled the scene after hitting a person in a Surrey intersection. The man was thrown several feet and taken to hospital in serious condition.
Police say they're looking for a light-coloured Honda Civic that may have been involved in the hit-and-run.
Const. Brian Montague said there are many factors that contribute to crashes, especially at this time of year.
“The days are short, it’s darker, visibility is often poor this time of year,” Montague said. “Rain plays a factor because it makes the roads a little more slippery and reduces visibility.”
Montague said everyone bears the responsibility to ensure pedestrians, drivers and cyclists stay safe on the road, and urges travellers to make sure they’re not distracted.
“Whether it’s speed, visibility, road conditions, everything plays a factor,” Montague said. “If we can reduce those factors we can reduce the number of people seriously injured or killed.”