An officer examines windshield damage to a car parked behind police tape

Exchange student on life support after being struck by car

A teenager was hit by a car in South Surrey Sunday evening while crossing 152 Street in Rosemary Heights.

A 14-year-old Korean exchange student who was struck by a car at 152 Street and 34 Avenue Sunday night is not expected to survive.

Sgt. Drew Grainger said the pedestrian was “clinging to life” in BC Children’s Hospital Monday, after undergoing surgery for swelling of the brain caused by “significant head trauma.”

Struck by a northbound Honda Accord around 9:30 p.m., the victim – who had been crossing 152 Street westbound against a red light – was airlifted to hospital from a sports field at nearby Morgan Elementary.

He remained on life support in grave condition Monday afternoon.

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At press time, doctors were awaiting the arrival of his immediate family members.

Area residents reported hearing the squeal of tires Sunday, just prior to the arrival of emergency vehicles.

Police closed 152 Street to traffic between 32 and 36 avenues for several hours to investigate, completely blocking the lone access route in and out of Rosemary Heights West.

A car with windshield damage on the driver’s side could be seen behind police tape north of the intersection, and cones marked a spot in the crosswalk.

Alcohol and speed are not contributing factors, Grainger said, and charges are not being considered against the Honda driver, a 26-year-old Surrey man.

The victim had been living in the area with extended family and attending school in Burnaby, Grainger said.

Any witnesses who have not spoken to police are asked to call 604-599-0502.




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