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Parksville driver hits pedestrian and three vehicles after losing control

Parksville Fire Department assistant fire chief Tyrone Heigh holds up traffic while RCMP and fire fighters deal with an accident which saw two senior Parksville men taken to Nanaimo General Hospital after a driver lost control of his vehicle Feb. 14.  - Candace Wu Photo
Parksville Fire Department assistant fire chief Tyrone Heigh holds up traffic while RCMP and fire fighters deal with an accident which saw two senior Parksville men taken to Nanaimo General Hospital after a driver lost control of his vehicle Feb. 14.
— image credit: Candace Wu Photo

CANDACE WU

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A 78-year-old Parksville man lost control of his vehicle hitting one pedestrian and three other vehicles as he crossed into oncoming traffic Feb. 14 at approximately 10.30 a.m.

Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman said the cause of the accident "appears to be a medical condition at this point" and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

"(The driver) crossed into oncoming traffic where Jensen Ave. meets McMillan St., right across from the S.O.S. heading towards the water," said Foreman. "The car went right up onto the sidewalk where it hit a 70-year-old Parksville man, causing at minimum a broken leg."

Foreman said the vehicle then proceeded further down McMillan St. towards the water where it bumped into three other vehicles before coming to a stop.

Foreman said the driver along with the pedestrian were taken to Nanaimo General Hospital by BC Ambulance and they are both "expected to make a full recovery."

Island Highway was reduced to single-lane traffic in both directions after the accident for approximately an hour and a half. Double lane traffic resumed by 12 p.m.

Foreman said no charges have been laid at this time.

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