Icy road conditions are to blame after a 16-year-old pedestrian suffered serious injuries when she was struck by a truck in a crosswalk late last month.
On Jan. 25 around 5:40 p.m. three people in their teens were running across a crosswalk on Grandin Road when an oncoming Ford truck slid on the ice and struck a 16-year-old girl. The teen sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Cpl. Laurel Kading, spokesperson for the St. Albert RCMP, said the girl is now recuperating at home. Kading said she only learned of the incident recently and thought it should be reported to remind people to be careful when roads are icy.
This is the second major incident in less than a year when a teen has been struck in a Grandin crosswalk.
On June 8, 2017 13-year-old Darian Mar was struck and killed while riding his bike home from school. Mar had just entered the crosswalk when he collided with a white passenger van.
The RCMP say the January collision with a pedestrian was caused by the icy road conditions and that recent weather fluctuations from freezing rain to cold temperatures cause the streets to become slippery. All motorists are asked to slow down and leave plenty of room between vehicles for safety. Pedestrians are being asked to take caution while crossing roads and give vehicles extra space to stop.
Kading said that there is an investigation into the incident and charges are always considered for both the driver or the pedestrian in any collision situation. She could not comment on if there are any charges being laid in this particular incident.
“There is an investigation into every collision and charges would be considered,” Kading said.
Kading said that the RCMP typically see a rise in collisions when road conditions deteriorate because people are not leaving enough space to drive safely and are sliding into the vehicles in front of them.
“The RCMP’s goal is to reduce deaths and injuries on Alberta’s highways and we need the help of all drivers and pedestrians to meet this goal,” Kading said in a statement.
The information was not released to the public earlier because the file was not flagged by one of the rookie officers of the RCMP. Kading said that she found the information while going through files and said she released the information to the public as a reminder to drive carefully when the road conditions are poor.
“I’m not sure that the officer at that time handling it realized they should have released it,” Kading said. “It is probably an education piece with the young officer.”