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.
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