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South Surrey pedestrian victims on the mend

Emergency crews attend to Ada Peddemors, one of two senior pedestrians injured Oct. 4 when a crash at 24 Avenue and 148 Street sent debris flying. - Evan Seal photo
Emergency crews attend to Ada Peddemors, one of two senior pedestrians injured Oct. 4 when a crash at 24 Avenue and 148 Street sent debris flying.
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The mother of a former White Rock councillor was one of two pedestrians injured by debris in a horrific crash in South Surrey last week.

Stewart Peddemors said Thursday his mom, Ada Peddemors, suffered broken bones – including her ankle – in the Oct. 4 incident, and needed stitches to repair a gash in her head.

She and a friend – whom he didn’t identify – were out for a walk that morning when debris from a truck that was clipped in the intersection of 24 Avenue and 148 Street hit them as they crossed southbound.

Both seniors were knocked off their feet; Peddemors was hit by the pickup’s bed liner, her friend was hit by its canopy.

“She’s in the hospital for a few more days yet,” Stewart Peddemors said of his mom, noting surgery to repair her ankle took about two hours.

“Her ankle had to be put back together, and she had a broken bone in her leg as well,” he said. “The ankle will never be the same.”

Police are considering charges against the driver of a Nissan Versa in connection with the crash, after witnesses reported it happened when an eastbound driver ran a red light at the intersection of 148 Street around 9:30 a.m.

After hitting the northbound truck, the badly damaged Nissan bounced off of a westbound Mazda before coming to rest about 50 feet east of the intersection, witnesses said.

Peddemors said his mom’s friend, who was airlifted to hospital from nearby South Surrey Athletic Park, suffered a broken jaw and a broken leg, but is also expected to recover.

He is grateful to a young woman who went out of her way to locate him and advise him what had happened.

That, he said, “is the greater story than the actual accident itself… the people that make this community a better place to live.”

 

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