Pedestrian seriously injured after being hit by car in Lake Country

Pedestrian seriously injured

UPDATE 2:02 p.m.

A GoFundMe has now been started for the victim of Friday night's pedestrian collision in Lake Country.

Ashley Paxman has been identified as the 29-year-old woman who was injured in the collision and as of Monday afternoon, the GoFundMe has raised $3,100 of its $100,000 goal.

According to the GoFundMe page, Paxman was walking home from work Friday night when she was struck so hard she was knocked right out of her shoes.

"This is a girl who works two jobs, and has worked her entire life. The person who found Ashley saw a backpack & shoe on the road, and then discovered Ashley unrecognizable lying in the ditch," says Tasha Meuser, GoFundMe organizer.

Doctors are hopeful Paxman will recover, although it is expected to be a long painful, road with more surgeries ahead.

"Prayers and financial aid are welcomed. Funds raised will be used to aid in Ashley’s extensive recovery, equipment required for rehabilitation and the rehabilitation itself. Let’s not add financial burden on top of this. We appreciate your much needed prayers," says Meuser.

ORIGINAL 12:57 p.m.

Lake Country RCMP are investigating a collision that sent a pedestrian to hospital with serious injuries.

Police were called on February 18 just after 9 p.m. to a report of a woman injured on Highway 97 near Voyager RV in Lake Country.

The 29-year-old Kelowna woman was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

"Early investigation by police has determined that a 1999 brown Acura car had been travelling northbound on Highway 97 when the vehicle struck the woman who was walking. The car continued on without stopping and its elderly driver soon after alerted family of his outstanding concern for possibly having struck something on the highway," says RCMP spokesperson, Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy.

A family member, related to the driver, promptly attended the vicinity, located the injured pedestrian and immediately called 9-1-1. The driver has cooperated fully with the investigation and the vehicle has been seized for examination. "No charges have been laid at this time, but this investigation is ongoing," says Cpl. Noseworthy.

Anyone with information, including relevant dash camera footage, is asked to call the Lake Country RCMP at 250-766-2288 quoting Lake Country RCMP file number 2021-9234.

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