Surrey RCMP say a 69-year-old woman has died following a hit-and-run incident in Newton. She was in an electric wheelchair at the time of the crash.
The victim was taken to hospital in critical condition, but has died of her injuries. This is Surrey’s ninth pedestrian fatality in 2018.
It happened at 68th Avenue and 138th Street around 8:45 p.m. Monday (Oct. 1) and police say she was in a marked crosswalk.
The victim was struck by a vehicle which was travelling southbound on 138th Street, according to police, who said the vehicle did not stop and left the scene.
Multiple police vehicles were on scene Monday night with RCMP blocking access 138th Street at 70th Avenue and Hyland Road.
Surrey RCMP have no suspect vehicle description available at this time.
“This is the second serious collision in two days in Surrey involving an individual being struck by a vehicle,” said Sergeant Chad Greig in a release. “With the seasons changing, rainier weather happening and the sun setting sooner, it is a combined effort by both pedestrians and drivers to ensure theirs and others’ safety. Don’t be complacent, and remember to adjust your travelling habits accordingly on our roadways.”
One day earlier, on Sunday night, an 81-year-old man was hit by a car while he was walking. Tuesday morning police said he had died of his injuries.
Police say he was sent to hospital with serious injuries after a vehicle hit him at the intersection of 75th Avenue and 122A Avenue at about 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 30.
Police don’t believe speed or alcohol were factors in the Sunday night crash.
Meantime, Surrey RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team has conduct of this latest investigation and is asking anyone witnesses who have not already been in contact with police to contact them. Investigators are also canvassing the area for video and ask any members of the public who captured the incident on dash-cam to call the police.
Police provide these prevention tips for pedestrians:
- Dress to be seen
- Make eye contact with driver before crossing
- Cross at designated crosswalks and watch the crosswalk signal lights
- Don’t use electronic devices while crossing a road
And these prevention tips for drivers:
- Posted speed limits are designed for ideal road conditions. Slow down when driving on snow, ice, slush or in rain.
- Allow yourself at least twice the normal braking distance on wet or slippery roads.
- Watch for pedestrians when approaching and stopping at intersections
- Make eye contact with the pedestrian who is going to use the crosswalk
with files from Lauren Collins