Burnaby police are investigating after two separate collisions in the city on Wednesday morning sent two pedestrians to hospital.
Shortly after 7 am, police were called to the area of 10th Avenue and 18th Street, where an 18-year-old man had been struck by a vehicle. He was taken to hospital with what police describe as “serious, life-threatening injuries.”
The driver of the vehicle involved in the incident remained on scene, was assessed by paramedics, and suffered no injuries.
Police said it appears the man was not using a designated crosswalk when he was hit by the southbound-travelling vehicle.
Investigation into the incident is continuing, and police are asking anyone who witnessed the collision – or may have any dashcam footage of it – to contact Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999. Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or by leaving a tip online.
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At the same time that this collision took place, another pedestrian collision occurred involving a 19-year-old woman.
According to police, the incident took place at at the intersection of Manchester Drive and Government Street, when the woman was struck while crossing the street.
Police said the woman was struck by the vehicle as the driver was making a left turn from Government Street. The driver stayed on scene, and the pedestrian was taken to hospital with what are at this time believed to be minor injuries. The driver also received a violation ticket for failing to signal for a left turn.
“Both of these collisions serve as a reminder for both pedestrians and drivers to be vigilant, particularly in the early hours of the morning,” said Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Daniela Panesar.