Pedestrian struck on Harvey
UPDATE 4:45 P.M.
RCMP say an 83-year-old woman is in stable condition after being struck at Harvey and Gordon early Tuesday morning.
RCMP received the call at 9:10 a.m that a woman was struck in the crosswalk on the east side of the intersection.
Cst. Steve Holmes with the Central Okanagan Traffic Services said the silver truck was waiting to make a left turn from the southbound lane on Gordon into the eastbound lane on Hwy. 97.
The vehicle had a solid green as the advanced flasher had exhausted giving the pedestrians the right of way.
Two pedestrians were witnessed crossing the highway in either direction.
“The driver saw one of the pedestrians crossing but failed to see the other one heading northbound and struck the 83-year-old Kelowna woman,” said Holmes.
Holmes said the woman is bruised but doing okay after being rushed to hospital from the scene.
“She has injuries consistent with striking the pavement, she was knocked a short distance and then landed on the pavement so, she has some cuts and scrapes, at last contact with the hospital none of the injuries appeared to life threatening,” said Holmes.
The male driver of the truck stayed on scene and was very cooperative with police. As the driver was at fault Holmes said he may be charged under the motor vehicle act, most likely failing to yield to a pedestrian.
“This is one of those situations where the driver just didn't see the other person and clearly did not intend for this to happen and was rightly upset about the whole ordeal. No one wants to be responsible for this sort of thing,” said Holmes.
The accident prompts a warning from Holmes.
“Motorists and pedestrians have to be especially vigilant and they have to be watching out for each other and taking the appropriate measures to do so.”
A pedestrian was rushed to hospital in Kelowna on Tuesday morning after being struck at Harvey and Gordon.
A silver pickup truck struck the pedestrian and its older male driver did remain at the scene to talk with police. He was visibly shaken and distraught about the accident, and police were able to calm him down.
Witnesses say the pedestrian was lying motionless on the ground and people were rushing to their side before emergency personnel arrived.
Hwy. 97 (Harvey) was blocked northbound and traffic was diverted south on Gordon for over 30 minutes.
The condition of the pedestrian is currently unknown and RCMP at the scene could not confirm whether the pedestrian had the right of way when they were struck. Indications are that the person was in a marked crosswalk.
We will have more details as they become available.
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