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Drivers not at fault in pedestrian-involved collisions: RCMP

Since the sun went down yesterday, police have attended two vehicle collisions involving pedestrians in Prince George.

Just after 7 p.m., Prince George RCMP were called out to Fifth Avenue and Carney Street where car struck a pedestrian.  The driver and witnesses remained on scene. 

Investigators believe that an elderly pedestrian with a walker was crossing Carney Street, but did not make it to the other side before the light changed.  The adult male driver of a full-sized sedan proceeded through the green light on Carney Street.  The driver did not immediately see the pedestrian who was wearing dark clothing.  The driver swerved to avoid the pedestrian, but struck the woman with the vehicle’s side mirror.

The woman was transported to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  No charges were laid against the driver.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. police responded to another report of pedestrian being hit by a vehicle, this time at 20th Avenue and Spruce Street.

The investigation found that a man wearing dark clothing was skateboarding across 20th Avenue when he was hit by a pickup truck driven by another man.  The skateboarder was crossing in the middle of the block.  He was transported to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  No charges were laid against the driver, who remained on scene.

“The RCMP would like to remind all pedestrians that reflective clothing or blinking lights are the best way to ensure you are seen when walking along or across our roads,” said Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP.  “Please take the time to ensure you are safe, especially during the dark hours of the day.”