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Pedestrian seriously injured, dog killed after being hit on Highway 97 near Oliver

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A woman walking her dog along Highway 97 near Oliver were struck by a vehicle yesterday, sending the woman to hospital with serious injuries. The dog was killed.

Police received a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian and a dog on Highway 97 near Road 9 at approximately 5:15 p.m. yesterday, Dec. 12, according to an RCMP media release.

When officers from Oliver and Osoyoos responded, they found a woman suffering from serious injuries and her dead dog, both of which had been struck by a GMC Terrain.

The woman was transported to the hospital and the driver of the vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with investigators, police say.

Speed is not believed to be a factor and alcohol has been ruled out but the investigation is still ongoing.

Police also say the woman was wearing all dark clothing on a very dark stretch of Highway 97 with no artificial lighting. The roads were also wet.

“The Oliver RCMP would like to remind both drivers and pedestrians about road safety. Pedestrians and drivers need to look out for each other and exercise caution especially during darker portions of the year,” RCMP Sgt. Jason Bayda says in a release. “Pedestrians should dress to be seen. Wear light-coloured clothing and carry a flashlight.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or observed the woman and her dog walking on Highway 97 prior to the collision should call Oliver RCMP at 250-498-3422.

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