15-year-old international student fatally struck in Burnaby
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018 11:18AM PST Last Updated Thursday, January 18, 2018 9:38AM PST
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The crosswalk where a teenage pedestrian was fatally struck Wednesday morning was the subject of a City of Burnaby review last year, an engineer says.
The 15-year-old girl was hit by a northbound vehicle on Cariboo Road south of Highway 1 shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, Mounties say. Police and paramedics were called to the scene immediately, but the girl did not survive.
The teen has not been publicly identified, but police said they believe she was an international student. She was not attending a school in Burnaby, the RCMP said in a statement.
Few details have been released about what caused the crash. Police said the driver remained at the scene and is co-operating with investigators.
Cariboo Road was closed several hours after the crash as officials investigated and cleared debris from the road.
A makeshift memorial had formed at the site by Wednesday afternoon.
The City of Burnaby's assistant director of engineering said residents have expressed concerns about the area in the past. The teen was struck at a crosswalk marked by overhead signs and white road paint, but there are no traffic lights forcing drivers to stop.
"Our initial review last year indicated that a traffic signal may not be the best solution at the existing crosswalk," Doug Louie said in an email to CTV News.
"But we are continuing our review this year for other potential safety enhancements by looking at the details of past crashes to better understand the problem."
He said changes will be made to the intersection about 140 metres south of the crosswalk, at Cariboo Road and Cariboo Drive, to help reduce speeds on the road.
Residents of the area said the crosswalk where the teen was hit has been dangerous ever since a bridge was built there.
"This is a disaster. We knew this was going to happen," Jennifer Stewart said through tears.
"I would like a light in here. We need a light," Kay MacDonald said.
The investigation into the girl's death is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed Wednesday's collision is asked to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999.
The crash is a reminder to pedestrians and drivers to be on alert during winter months, police said. Pedestrian-involved collisions spike in fall and winter because of poor conditions and fewer daylight hours.
Three other incidents were reported in Burnaby Wednesday morning involving pedestrians or cyclists struck by cars.
Another teen pedestrian was hit in Surrey after stepping off the curb into the crosswalk in front of a vehicle at around 6:15 a.m. Surrey RCMP said the driver had the right of way at the time, remained at the scene and co-operated with police. The pedestrian had minor injuries.
And an adult was hit at the intersection of St. Georges Avenue and East 1st Street in North Vancouver on Wednesday morning. Mounties said the pedestrian was walking on a marked crosswalk when he was struck, and that the driver stopped and offered assistance.
There were no serious injuries, but the driver was given a $176 bylaw violation ticket for failure to yield to a pedestrian. The pedestrian was cautioned against wearing all black clothing in the dark.
Pedestrians are encouraged to wear reflective clothing, cross only at crosswalks and intersections and make eye contact with drivers to ensure they've been seen. Drivers are asked to be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists especially before sunrise and after sunset.