Hit-and-run stuns pedestrian
RCMP urge people to drive with care
By: Scott Hayes
| Posted: Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 06:00 am
A teen was the victim of a hit-and-run collision in the early evening hours of Monday, Dec. 23. She reportedly walked away from the incident but the driver kept on going and no other motorists offered her assistance.
Sheila Gray, the mother of the victim, said that her daughter sustained an injury to her hand resulting in swelling. A report on the X-ray was not available by press time.
“One of the witnesses yelled at her. She said she was OK. She was just stunned. Nobody got out to help her,” Gray said, adding that the young woman was walking to work.
It was just after 5 p.m. when the 15-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle in a marked crosswalk on Bellerose Drive, moving from Ironwood Drive to Ironwood Point. Gray explained that her daughter was able to pass three lanes of cars that had stopped for her. It was the car driving through in the open fourth lane that hit her on the driver’s side door, knocking her to the ground.
The driver of the car that hit her did not stop but reportedly honked the vehicle’s horn first as a forewarning.
“He knew he was going to hit her. He was probably going faster than he should have been and it was icy,” Gray said.
The driver of the vehicle reportedly did not stop to check on her condition but continued driving north towards Boudreau Road instead. The girl was shaken by the incident and was unable to confirm whether the vehicle was a car or a truck.
Gray said that her daughter thought that it might have been green or grey but was not positive on that either. She suggested that this is a problem area for pedestrians as many drivers are moving too fast with too little care.
“I have seen people almost get hit there before because people don’t pay attention. She got away really lucky.”
Gray ended by saying that her daughter will now likely walk up to the controlled intersection at Boudreau to cross over. When she made the report to the local RCMP detachment, they indicated that there was another report of a pedestrian hit-and-run a few minutes after the incident involving her daughter. That second report took place just farther up Bellerose Drive.
Cpl. Laurel Kading of the St. Albert RCMP urged motorists to drive with caution.
“If there is any kind of collision that involves hitting a person – even if there’s no damage to the vehicle – it has to be reported,” she explained.
“If that person hasn’t reported it yet, they still need to do that. They need to come in and make that report. It’s part of their responsibilities as a driver.”
Anyone who can offer information about either incident should call the RCMP at 780-458-7700.