Recent pedestrian accidents in late November and early December have devastated several families as we approach the holiday season.
On Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 an elderly man using a walker was struck and fatally injured by a van while crossing Alta Vista near Dale Street.
On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, a man in his 30s was rushed to hospital in critical condition Wednesday night after he was struck by a pickup truck while trying to cross Vanier Parkway at Donald Street.
On Friday, December 3rd a 40-year-old man was in critical condition after being hit by a car at Montreal Road and Highway 174. He is reported as having suffered life-threatening head injuries.
Police are reminding pedestrians of the importance of crossing at crosswalks. Motorists should also remember that pedestrians can be anywhere. You must be driving in a way that you can see and react to any pedestrian on the road.
In terms of civil responsibility for a vehicle-pedestrian accident, there is an onus on the motorist to prove he or she was not negligent when a pedestrian was struck, even if the pedestrian was not at a cross-walk. As the temperatures lower and walkers are taking short cuts to get out of the cold quickly, drivers must be alert to darting pedestrians.