Another Kamloops pedestrian hospitalized after crash in Westsyde

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A 20-year-old man is in serious condition at Royal Inland Hospital after yet another serious pedestrian-involved collision on city streets.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Fran Bethell said the victim was walking across a crosswalk on Westsyde Road near Parkview Drive just after 6 p.m. yesterday (Dec. 5) when he was struck by a west-bound vehicle.

Bethell said the vehicle was turning onto Westsyde Road when the incident took place.

Investigators believe the force of the crash threw the pedestrian several feet. He suffered serious head injuries as a result.

The vehicle, driven by a 50-year-old man, has been seized by police for a mechanical inspection. Bethell said the driver remained at the scene and was co-operative with investigators.

"The incident is still under investigation and the cause of the crash is still to be determined," she said.

"Charges may be laid in the future when all information has been assessed."

The collision is the latest in a string of serious pedestrian-involved collisions on Kamloops roadways.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, a man walking in front of the Cooper's Foods store on Lansdowne Street had his leg severed after being struck by a van attempting to pull into a parking stall.

On Nov. 22, a 25 year-old Kamloops man was taken to hospital with injuries  after a 72-year-old man drove his car over the curb and onto the sidewalk in front of London Drugs, pinning the pedestrian to the ground.

The previous day, a 66-year-old woman was struck and killed while crossing Victoria Street at Sixth Avenue. Police have since said the 62-year-old driver of the truck alleged to have hit her was prohibited from driving at the time.

Two female pedestrians suffered life-threatening injuries in separate crashes in September and November, each involving male drivers in their 80s.

Anyone with information about Wednesday night's crash can call police at 250-828-3000.



Kamloops — and B.C. — has seen a spike in the number of pedestrian/vehicle accidents in 2012. Some of the more serious incidents in Kamloops this year:

March 30: Tranquille Road/12th Street: Rosina Spina, 77, is killed when struck by a Nissan X-Trail crossing Tranquille. Police say traffic had the right of way and that Spina had stepped into the street against the light.

April 28: John Waldo Teed, a 73-year-old Kamloops man, was killed after he was struck by a vehicle near westbound Exit 375 on the Trans-Canada Highway — the turn-off into downtown Kamloops — some time after 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 28. Investigators believe Teed was lying on the side of the highway when he was struck. Police believe the vehicle involved was a large transport truck.

July 20: 64-year-old David Seymour is hit on West Shuswap Road and later dies in Royal Inland Hospital. A 38-year-old man charges of dangerous driving causing death and impaired driving causing death.

Sept. 7: Fortune Drive/Leigh Road: 20-year-old woman is in coma after being struck by a car while in crosswalk. Driver is an 85-year-old man.

Nov. 21: Victoria Street/Sixth Ave.: Valerie Brook, 67, of Kamloops., died after she was struck by a 2002 Ford F-150 truck while she was crossing Victoria Street at Sixth Avenue in the crosswalk. A 62-year-old man was driving while prohibited from doing so.

Nov. 22: Lansdowne Village: 25-year-old man suffers leg injuries when struck by car driven by 72-year-old man who jumped curb.

Dec. 2: Lansdowne Village: 53-year-old man loses leg after van driven by 68-year-old woman jumps curb and pins him against concrete pillar.

Dec. 5: Westsyde Road/Parkview Drive: 20-year-old is in crosswalk when vehicle driven by 50-year-old man hits him. Victim has head injuries and is taken to Royal Inland Hospital.











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