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Another pedestrian clipped by car

Monday, February 8th, 2010 | 12:48 pm

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By Joe Fries

Kelowna’s RCMP spokesman has a few commonsense reminders for the public after the latest collision between a car and a pedestrian.

Const. Steve Holmes said a 43-year-old man suffered a broken ankle Sunday around 7:45 p.m. after he was clipped by a vehicle travelling southbound on Lakeshore Drive near Gyro Beach. The victim apparently tried to cross the street in an unlit area without the aid of a crosswalk.

“It’s a case of where this person appeared suddenly on a dark road with dark clothing and the motorist wasn’t able to stop,” Holmes explained, adding no charges are forthcoming.

He urged pedestrians to wear bright clothing and employ reflective materials or flashing lights if possible. Even more basic, Holmes said, people should give up on jaywalking.

“A crosswalk is ideal – those are novel ways to cross the road – and always make sure that you check that there are no oncoming vehicles.”

Five other pedestrian-vehicle collisions have been reported around the Central Okanagan within the past month, including one that claimed the life of a 15-year-old Lake Country girl on Jan. 13.

Holmes couldn’t explain what’s behind the rash of accidents, but suggested dirty windows and headlight lenses caused by the winter weather may be partially to blame. He reminded motorists to keep such equipment clean.

joe@kelowna.com
250-575-4303

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