Pedestrian killed in Burnaby, others struck across Metro Vancouver
Police are warning people to take precautions when crossing the roads after at least six pedestrians were hit across Metro Vancouver on Friday night.
One pedestrian was killed in one of those collisions. The 67-year-old man was killed as he crossed North Road between Burnaby and Coquitlam around 5 p.m. Friday.
RCMP Const. Brad Potter said the man, whose identity has not been released, appeared to be jaywalking. He was sent to Royal Columbia Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Potter said the vehicle stayed at the scene, and that the rainy night could have been a factor in the crash. Police are not recommending charges.
Shortly after the death on North Road, several other accidents involving pedestrians occurred in Burnaby. One person was charged after a man was hit and sent to the hospital on Rumble Street and Gilley Avenue around 6 p.m. Another driver was ticketed after a hit-and-run on McDonald Avenue and Ingleton Avenue.
RCMP are urging people to use a marked crosswalk when crossing the road, and to wear bright clothing at night.
“I can’t stress enough that in British Columbia, often pedestrians have the right of way in intersections, but you have to make sure the car knows you’re there,” said Sgt. Dwayne Beckerleg with Burnaby RCMP. “In a vehicle versus a pedestrian incident, a pedestrian will never come out on top, so you have to look out for yourself."
There were also reports of a pedestrian struck at 68th Avenue and 188th Street in Surrey on Friday night. A jaywalker was also struck on Production Way around 9:45 p.m., and an incident in New Westminster was also reported.
At least 25 pedestrian strikes have occurred in December alone.
With files from CTV British Columbia's Jon Woodward