Multiple vehicle crashes with pedestrians and a cyclist occurred on Thursday evening in Metro Vancouver, causing one death and two serious injuries.
Poor road conditions caused by heavy rainfall was likely a major factor in all three separate incidents. Here is a rundown of the series of collisions:
6:00 p.m. at West Vancouver
A 67-year-old West Vancouver male was rushed to hospital in critical condition after he was struck by a pickup truck. The incident occurred at the intersection of 21st Street and Gordon Avenue.
West Vancouver Police and the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are investigating the precise cause of the incident. Alcohol or drug impairment has been ruled out as possible contributing factors.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call West Vancouver Police at 604-925-7300.
6:30 p.m. at East Vancouver
Vancouver Police responded to a serious collision involving a 60-year-old cyclist and a small SUV at Clark Drive and Adanac Street.
The cyclist’s injuries were severe and he was taken to hospital by paramedics. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police. The VPD’s Collision Investigation Unit is investigating the cause of the collision.
Witnesses to the incident should call the VPD’s non-emergency hotline at 604-717-3321.
9:20 p.m. at Langley
A 24-year-old male driver of a F350 pickup truck struck a 54-year-old Langley man at the 5700 block of 240th Street. According to Langley RCMP, the driver remained at the scene and was extremely distraught.
Passers-by performed CPR on the male pedestrian before paramedics arrived to rush the man to hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Police say this was Langley’s first fatal collision of 2015.
Early findings in the investigation reveal the male pedestrian was wearing all dark clothing and walking northbound in the middle of the road. In addition to rainfall, the area was also very dark given the time of day and lack of any street lights.
Alcohol and speed are not believed to be factors, but the driver’s truck has been seized for a mechanical inspection.
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