RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was hit by a truck in downtown Terrace Wednesday night.
Constable Angela Rabut says the woman, in her 50’s, was attempting to cross Kalum street at Park Avenue shortly after 6 o’clock when she was struck by a pickup making a left turn onto Kalum.
The pedestrian suffered serious injuries, including a head injury, and was airlifted to hospital in Vancouver for treatment.
Rabut says the driver is cooperating with police.
Rabut says visibility is considered a factor in the crash as it was dark with heavy rain at the time of the collision.
RCMP are urging drivers and pedestrians to use extra caution
Terrace RCMP have issued a number of recommendations for both pedestrians and drivers.
Tips for pedestrians:
- Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk so you are further away from traffic.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles.
- Cross only at intersections or marked crosswalks, never jay walk
- Dress in bright clothes or have reflective stripes and carry a flashlight to be seen especially at night and on dark/overcast days.
- Make sure you can hear and see oncoming cars. Remove your headphones and your hood when crossing the street.
- Make eye contact with drivers. Keep your head up & look where you’re walking. Never assume that drivers see you.
- Always look for signs that a vehicle is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning).
Tips for drivers:
- Vehicles should have their lights on to increase visibility, regardless of the time of day
- When approaching an intersection always scan right and left for pedestrians before continuing through.
- When operating a vehicle, be cautious of pedestrians who may be distracted or unaware of their surroundings (texting, on the phone, headphones in, umbrella or hood blocking their vision).
- Obey the speed limit – not to avoid tickets but to avoid tragedy