Pedestrian hit while walking dog along dark stretch of Hwy 97

Pedestrian struck, dog killed

A woman is recovering in hospital and a dog is dead after a pedestrian-involved collision on Highway 97 in Oliver. 

Police called to the collision near Road 9 on Thursday at about 5:15 p.m., arriving to find a hurt woman and her dog deceased after being hit by a GMC Terrain. 

The pedestrian was rushed to hospital with serious injuries while the driver remained on scene and is cooperating with investigators. 

RCMP say the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing on a dark, wet stretch of Highway 97 devoid of street lights.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, but speed is not believed to be a factor and alcohol has been ruled out. 

"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. Pedestrians should dress to be seen. Wear light coloured reflective clothing and carry a flashlight,” said Sgt. Jason Bayda.

The Oliver RCMP would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or believe they observed the woman and dog walking on Highway 97 beforehand. They can call the Oliver RCMP at 250-498-3422.

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