Two pedestrians struck within an hour on Tuesday

Two pedestrians were struck while crossing the street in marked crosswalks on Tuesday.

The first incident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. at the intersection of Bridgeport and Sweden Way. A 27-year-old man had been crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle that was south bound on Sweden Way turning onto Bridgeport, police say.

The driver of the vehicle apparently saw the pedestrian just prior to hitting him but failed to stop due to a combination of the wet, slippery road conditions and the fact the pedestrian was dressed in black, Richmond RCMP say. The pedestrian was transported to the Richmond Hospital for minor injuries but was released shortly after. The driver of the vehicle received a violation ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

The second incident occurred just prior to 10 p.m. at Minoru Boulevard and Blundell Road. A 17-year-old male had been crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle that had just turned onto Minoru Boulevard from Blundell Road. The pedestrian was treated on scene by members of the BC Ambulance Service and transported to the Richmond General Hospital for minor injuries. The driver apparently did not see the pedestrian and again the pedestrian was dressed in black. Charges were not laid in this incident.

Richmond RCMP would like to remind drivers to be extra cautious in dim light and reduce speeds when traveling on wet or slippery roadways in order to increase your chances of reacting and stopping.  Pedestrians need to wear light colored, reflective clothing in dim light & should make eye contact with drivers to determine whether or not drivers have seen them & will stop.  Pedestrians should never assume they will safely make it across the street just because they are in a marked crosswalk.

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