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Elderly woman sent to hospital after hit by car on Highway 33

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January 12, 2016 - 3:51 PM

POLICE SAY PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS NEED TO BE AWARE DURING SHORTER WINTER DAYS

KELOWNA - An elderly woman knocked down by a car in a crosswalk on Highway 33 was an entirely preventable collision, police say.

RCMP spokesperson Const. Jesse O’Donaghey said in a press release police have noticed an increase in pedestrian involved collisions over the past few months, most of which were preventable.

O’Donaghey said the 19-year-old driver of a Honda Civic seemed not to notice the woman who was in a marked crosswalk with the crossing sign illuminated for the pedestrian to cross.

The collision Monday afternoon around 4 p.m. left the 86-year-old Kelowna woman in hospital with a broken wrist, although she has since been released.

Police say the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers but will face a charge under the Motor Vehicle Act of failing to yield to a pedestrian on a green light.

O’Donaghey urges both drivers and pedestrians to pay more heed to their surroundings during the shorter, darker days of winter and avoid distractions while driving.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infonews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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