The Delta Police Department is reminding drivers to exercise caution during poor conditions after a pedestrian and cyclist were hospitalized on Thursday night.
The two individuals were struck on separate incidents, the first taking place at 7:35 pm. The cyclist was struck near the crosswalk on Harvest Drive, by the Ladner bus loop. The driver remained on scene and called 9-1-1 and officers, as well as the Delta Fire Department, were on the scene immediately.
The cyclist was taken to the hospital but, fortunately, has since been released. Police say that neither alcohol, drugs, nor speed, are believed to be factors in the collision, although “it was raining heavily at the time.”
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The second incident took place just before 10 pm when a pedestrian was struck at the corner of 84 Avenue and 120 Street in North Delta.
Police say that the pedestrian was crossing at a crosswalk, with the walk sign activated. She was struck by a turning vehicle and then taken to the hospital.
At this point in time, it’s believed that her injuries are non-serious. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
“With rainy weather, particularly at night, it can be challenging for drivers to see pedestrians or cyclists,” says Cris Leykauf of the DPD. “Pedestrians are urged to wear bright or reflective gear, or carry a flashlight, and it’s recommended that cyclists have lights in both the front and bike of their bike.”
“Drivers are strongly encouraged to slow down, particularly near crosswalks and intersections, and to keep a careful lookout for pedestrians or cyclists, who may be wearing dark clothing.”