Cowichan News Leader

Boy hit while jaywalking on Duncan's highway strip Friday morning

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Use crosswalks to cross the Island Highway, or risk injury — or worse.

That RCMP advice follows Friday's accident when a local boy suffered a possible broken leg while crossing the Island Highway with his family at around 8:20 a.m.

The nine-year-old lad was hit by an SUV, driven by a valley resident, and was taken to Cowichan District Hospital, explained Cpl. Greg Pask of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.

The incident happened in the southbound lane, somewhere between the Fan Fever store and the Travelodge Silver Bridge Inn.

"The mother was walking across the Trans-Canada Highway with three kids. One child got farther ahead and was stuck by the vehicle," Pask said, noting the SUV's driver and passenger were shaken by the collision.

The mother was ticketed $109 for failing to use a crosswalk, he noted.

"Another 100 yards or so, and they'd have been at a crosswalk."

A witness told the News Leader Pictorial she saw police covering a person with a yellow blanket while other Mounties directed traffic around the site.

Cop cars and private vehicles also provided a ring around the scene.

Pask indicated jaywalking accidents are preventable along Duncan's busy strip, and elsewhere.

"The whole Duncan corridor's a problem with people crossing the highway.

"I recommend that crosswalks are there to be used," said Pask.


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