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Pedestrian in hospital after hit and run

RCMP saying shoulder along East Trans Canada Highway narrow and dangerous for pedestrians.
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May 17, 2013 - 2:34 PM


A hit and run crash that broke a man's legs last night in Valleyview was at the same location where another pedestrian was killed last year in an unsolved hit and run.

RCMP were called at about 9:49 p.m. last night after reports of two inebriated pedestrians involved in a collision on the 1600 block of the East Trans Canada Highway near Comazzetto Road.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said the accident was in the same location where 73-year-old John Waldo Teed was killed.

"There's no sidewalk and in that particular area in and around the point of impact there is basically no shoulder," Learned said. "It's a dangerous spot to be walking. You are virtually on the lane way - on the travel portion of the highway."

In last night's incident, a man was pushing a shopping cart in the westbound lane of the highway heading east. He was also pulling another cart with his male friend lying inside as they travelled along the narrow highway shoulder into oncoming traffic.

The male walking with the carts turned to chat with his friend when they were both hit by an unknown vehicle.

"The man who was lying in the cart suffered two broken legs during the collision which propelled him into the ditch," said Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.

The other man suffered minor injuries including cuts and bruises.

The vehicle that hit the pedestrians did not stay on scene.

Learned said if the vehicle was a wide-load semi truck it may not have known it clipped the two men, but if it was a truck or a car, the driver would have been fully aware of hitting them.

One vehicle pulled over and reported the incident to police and said that several other vehicles had gone by the accident scene without stopping.

Police are asking anyone who may have passed by the area between 9:40 and 9:50 p.m. last night to contact them.

"Call us if (you've) observed anything that could assist us in the investigation," Learned said.

Witnesses can contact the local detachment by calling 250-828-3000.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: or call (250) 319-7494.

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