UPDATED - Chemainus scooter-rider killed during collision with pick-up truck

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A woman who died after a collision with a pick-up truck while riding her motorized scooter Thursday in Chemainus has been identified as Ruth Plester.

Bright sun may have played a role in the death of Plester, 65, police said.

"It appears the scooter was being driven northbound on Maple Street, and was crossing Esplanade Street in the crosswalk," an RCMP release says of the 9:14 a.m. accident.

"A truck was pulling out of Rotary Park, and turning east onto Esplanade, when the truck and the scooter collided."

Mounties found Plester unconscious with severe head injuries on the roadway.

"The truck driver immediately stopped and rendered first aid.

"The husband of the scooter driver was also on scene assisting with care, as he had been at Rotary Park waiting for her to arrive."

Plester was taken to the Chemainus hospital by ambulance where she was pronounced deceased, RCMP state.

"The truck driver stated he was blinded by the sun, and did not see the scooter on the roadway.

"A person who did not witness the collision, but arrived at the scene moments later, confirmed the sun was blinding from the direction of Esplanade, and may have been a contributing factor," police say.

Speed did not appear to be a factor. No witnesses have been identified.

A traffic analyst attended the scene, and investigation is ongoing.  The B.C. Coroners' Service is also investigating.

Witnesses are asked to call the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Plester's sister Mary said Ruth had lived at Steeples, across from the Chemainus Health Care Centre, since it opened because of a physical disability. Ruth was severely injured in an accident when she was 19 years old and confined to a wheelchair.

— with a file from Don Bodger

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