Teen struck after entering crosswalk without looking

Police are reminding pedestrians and drivers to stay alert after a teenager was hit by a car at a lighted crosswalk.

  • Oct. 23, 2012 10:00 a.m.

Saanich police are reminding pedestrians and drivers to stay alert when sharing the road after a teenager was hit by a car at a lighted, marked crosswalk.

The collision occurred around 6:40 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 22) at the intersection of West Saanich and Prospect Lake roads.

A 17-year-old male was hit by a northbound vehicle after activating the crosswalk and immediately stepping onto the road without making sure it was safe to cross, police say.

“We have an independent witness that said this (driver) had no chance to stop,” said Sgt. Dean Jantzen. “Our traffic safety officer determined that the pedestrian bore much responsibility for his action.”

The teen was sent over the hood and shattered the windshield of the car. He was taken to hospital with injuries to his pelvis, hip and legs.

“We do know in this province that the pedestrian does have the right of way, but it doesn’t absolve the pedestrian of all responsibility,” Jantzen said.

Advice to pedestrians, now that daylight hours are minimal, includes wearing bright clothing or carrying a flashlight.

Vehicle owners are advised to insure brakes, lights, windshield wipers and tires are all in good condition.

kslavin@saanichnews.com