Driver hits child at crosswalk after failing to clean frost from windshield

Jan 21 2019, 11:36 pm

Delta police are reminding drivers to clean the frost off their windshields after a driver failed to do so and hit a child at a marked crosswalk last week.

According to Cristianne Leykauf with the Delta Police Department, the incident happened on January 16 at 8:45 am in Tsawwassen on 16th Avenue.

A driver was travelling eastbound when he stopped to let a 10-year-old child cross at a marked crosswalk.

Another driver was travelling westbound on 16th with a frosted windshield. They did not stop at the crosswalk and ended up hitting the child.

Emergency health services were called to the scene and the child was later released to their mother. The child was not injured but suffered a few “bumps and bruises.”

The driver was issued a ticket for failing to clean their windshield. Under the BC Motor Vehicle Act, the violation results in a $109 ticket.

“We hope this serves as a wakeup call to all drivers – please take the time properly scrape your windows, and defrost them as necessary,” said Leykauf, in an email to Daily Hive.

“It takes only a few minutes. As this situation points out, the consequences can be severe if drivers don’t take the time for this simple safety precaution.”