Surrey police urge caution after four pedestrians hit by cars in four days

In most recent crash, 77-year-old woman hit while crossing intersection Saturday morning

Last week

SURREY — Police are urging caution and are stepping up enforcement at several Surrey intersections after a rash of crashes involving pedestrians.

“Quite simply, if you are distracted or not paying attention to what’s happening on the road in front of you, you are dramatically increasing your risk of either being a victim or the driver involved in a serious pedestrian motor vehicle incident,” said Surrey RCMP Corporal Scotty Schumann in a release. “For both drivers and pedestrians, it is a good time to review those safety tips including making eye contact with drivers before crossing and always being ready to yield to pedestrians.”

Last week, pedestrians were hurt in four separate crashes.

Most recently, a 77-year-old woman was hit while crossing the intersection southbound at 72nd Avenue and 121st Street. There is not a crosswalk at this intersection.

Police say she was hit by a northbound vehicle that was taking an eastbound turn onto 72nd Avenue.

The woman was taken to hospital with several serious injuries. Police say the driver, a 27-year-old Surrey man, was co-operating with police. Speed and impairment are not suspected, police say.

CLICK HERE for readers’ reactions on the Now’s Facebook page.

On Friday morning, a 25-year-old woman was sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was hit by a vehicle in Guildford. Surrey RCMP say she was hit at 7:30 a.m. while she was crossing the intersection of 142nd Street and 108th Avenue. There is no crosswalk at this intersection.

Police say 108th Avenue was closed for several hours while the Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team investigated, along with help from the Surrey RCMP’s Traffic Services and the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service. Impairment is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

And on Wednesday, a 73-year-old Surrey man was struck by a car at 176A Street and Highway 10, at about 6 p.m. The car’s windshield on the driver’s side was smashed. The man is expected to recover. Surrey RCMP Sgt. Paul Hayes told the Now the pedestrian had been jay-walking and alcohol might have been a factor on his part. The collision is still under investigation.

Also Wednesday, a driver was issued a fail-to-yield traffic ticket after she pulled out of a shopping mall and struck a man who had been crossing at a crosswalk at 120th Street and 72nd Avenue. Hayes said the pedestrian’s injuries were minor.

This collision happened at 3:45 p.m.

In 2015, eight out of the 15 fatal traffic collisions in Surrey involved pedestrians. Over the past few years, over 40 per cent of the fatal collisions in Surrey have involved pedestrians. ICBC notes that 75 per cent of crashes involving pedestrians occur at intersections during the winter months (November to January) and usually on Fridays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Anyone with more information on any of last week’s crashes is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

With files from Tom Zytaruk

Just Posted

South Surrey church members ‘praying for accused mother… for the whole process’

Lisa Batstone’s second-degree murder trial continues this week in B.C. Supreme Court

City will ask Fraser Health to remove pay parking at SMH, Surrey councillor says

Surrey’s new council has already made parking free on neighbouring city streets

Health and Technology District breaks ground on new building

City Centre 3 is the third of eight planned buildings: Lark Group

Spawning salmon returning to North Delta’s Cougar Creek

It’s early in the season, but the streamkeepers are hopeful it could be a good year for returns

Surrey White Rock Ringette Association ‘excited’ about world championships coming to Lower Mainland

Ringette Canada says the sport has reached record registration numbers

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Giants serve up major defeat to Pats at Langley Events Centre

On the ice, Vancouver G-Men wrap up home stand with a 10-4 win over Regina Friday night.

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

New chair of Metro Vancouver board is Burnaby councillor

The 40-person board is made up of elected officials from 21 cities and one First Nation

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Most Read