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Pedestrian struck at No. 5 Road crosswalk

First responders place a victim on a stretcher Monday night on No. 5 Road. - Matthew Hoekstra photo
First responders place a victim on a stretcher Monday night on No. 5 Road.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra photo

A vehicle struck a pedestrian on No. 5 Road Monday night, just steps away from a memorial for a cyclist killed in a hit-and-run a few months earlier.

Emergency crews were called to the intersection of No. 5 Road and McNeely Drive just after 6:30 p.m. They found the pedestrian lying in the middle of No. 5 Road—just a few metres outside a marked and lit crosswalk.

The incident was not a hit-and-run, and the victim appeared conscious.

That's unlike the Sept. 2 incident, in which a 64-year-old man was struck and killed. Police later arrested the 26-year-old driver in that case.

No. 5 Road has a 50 km/h speed limit, which residents say is often ignored.

"People go like hell here," said a resident who watched firefighters and paramedics respond Monday night.

During a public hearing to rezone nearby Sportstown for townhouses last month, Marie Murtagh told council drivers on this northern stretch of No. 5 Road have habits that "often resemble a highway."

Last Friday another pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Richmond.

Just before 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, police were called to the 8600-block of Lansdowne Road, across from Kwantlen Polytechnic University after a man was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. He wasn't in a crosswalk. The 97-year-old Richmond man, who police have identified as Jim Shu Sheng Wu,  was rushed to hospital in critical condition and eventually died. The driver remained at the scene.

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