‘Absolutely tragic:’ Woman dies in hospital after being hit by truck in crosswalk

Philip Croucher, Metro Halifax
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DARTMOUTH - Halifax police are investigating the death of a 57-year-old woman who was hit in a crosswalk.

Flowers were left at the scene of a fatal car pedestrian accident at the corner of Victoria Road and Thistle Street in Dartmouth.

The accident happened at the intersection of Thistle Street and Victoria Road in Dartmouth on Saturday around 11 a.m.

The victim, who uses a three-wheeled scooter as her mode of transportation, was crossing the intersection when a 50-year-old man hit her with his truck.

The pickup was attempting to make a left hand turn, and hit the woman while she was in the crosswalk.

The woman was taken to the QEII hospital with life threatening injuries, and died about six hours later.

“It’s absolutely tragic,” said Sgt. Greg Robertson of Halifax Regional Police. “It’s tragic for the family of the victim, and for the driver. It’s something he’ll be affected with for the rest of his life.”

The accident is still under investigation, and police say no charges have been laid against the 50-year-old driver.

Robertson said it remains unclear who had the right of way, something investigators hope to determine in the coming days. If the driver is charged, he’ll face a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The ticket carries a maximum fine of $687.

“If it’s simply an accident or being neglectful of someone who has a right away in the crosswalk, that falls under the motor vehicle act,” Robertson said.

Pedestrians being hit in crosswalks has been a hot topic of conversation over the past 18 months, and led to a crosswalk safety advisory committee being started in HRM.

That committee recently released several safety recommendations that council has improved, including beefing up penalties for drivers and making crosswalks more visible.

This is the first death involving a person hit in a HRM crosswalk since November, 2012.

Organizations: QEII hospital

Geographic location: Thistle Street, Victoria Road, Dartmouth HRM

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  • Mike Gallant
    May 05, 2014 - 09:55

    It is another tragic accident. Unfortunately making the crosswalks more visible, higher fines will not stop these incidents. Even though pedestrians have the right of way, they always loose when they unexpectedly cross the street or a distracted driver does not see them. I make sure all vehicles are stopped and the drivers are looking at me before I cross. I do not want to end up crippled or dead.