Surrey RCMP say a pedestrian is dead after being hit by a vehicle Friday morning in Newton.
It happened around 7:15 a.m., according to police, in the 6800-block of King George Boulevard.
The pedestrian, a woman, was taken to hospital but she has since died. Police say the driver remained on scene and is co-operating with police.
The fatal crash happened just two hours prior to the City of Surrey hosting B.C.’s “first ever” Vision Zero Summit, to launch its new road safety plan. Surrey’s Vision Zero plan “emphasizes that no loss of life in the road transportation network is acceptable,” according to city documents.
Stats from @SurreyRCMP on pedestrian crashes/fatalities:
* Serious crashes involving pedestrians = 10 in 2018 and 2 so far in 2019
* Fatal pedestrian crashes = 7 in 2018 and 1 so far in 2019https://t.co/WcdmefrwNu #surreybc
— Amy Marie Reid (@amyreid87) February 8, 2019
“Anticipating human failings and errors in judgment, the approach prioritizes safety by creating safe roads, slowing speeds, improving vehicle design, educating people, and enforcing the rules of the road to encourage safer road user behaviours,” a city report states.
Surrey’s road safety focus in the plan focuses on five areas: pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclist, intersection locations where most people are killed or seriously inured and aggressive driving behaviours.
Speakers at the Feb. 8 summit, to begin at city hall at 9:15 a.m., include Mayor Doug McCallum, Assistant Deputy Minister and Superintendent of Motor Vehicles Patricia Boyle, as well as Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer.
Surrey RCMP say there were 10 “serious” crashes involving pedestrians in 2018, and two so far in 2019.
Police say this is first time a pedestrian has died in a crash so far this year in Surrey. There were seven pedestrian fatalities in 2018.
— Tom Zytaruk (@tomzytaruk) February 8, 2019
Meantime, police say the investigation into Friday’s fatal crash is “in it’s early stages and the cause of the collision is unknown at this time.”
King George Boulevard reopened shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Traffic was closed in the area from the morning, according to a news release at 8:24 a.m.
Police had the road closed northbound from 67th Avenue and southbound from 70th Avenue for close to five hours. RCMP also had traffic closed on 68th Avenue, westbound from 137th Street and eastbound from 135th Street.
The Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team has taken conduct of the investigation.
Anyone with information, who witnessed the collision or has dash cam footage is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. Or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or solvecrime.ca.