SURREY – An 87-year-old man has died from his injuries after a dump truck struck him down in a crosswalk in Newton last Thursday.
The victim’s name has not been released. He was hit at about 7 a.m. at 124th Street and 82nd Avenue, and died the following day in Royal Columbian Hospital.
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said the man was apparently walking around after the crash.
“It’s just a tragedy,” he said. “To go from walking around after the impact to being pronounced dead within 24 hours is something we don’t see very often.”
The man was taken to Surrey Memorial Hospital and then RCH, as his condition deteriorated.
The driver is a Surrey man, age 30. Police have determined that alcohol was not a factor. It was raining heavily and was still dark out.
Paquet said Surrey RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team is reviewing video surveillance footage from local businesses.
According to Surrey Bylaws department, heavy trucks are not allowed on that stretch of 82nd Avenue, which is also notorious for speeders.
“We do not believe speed is a factor in this case,” Paquet said.
So far this year, six pedestrians have been killed in Surrey and 13 people in traffic crashes overall.