Seven B.C. pedestrians killed so far this year
By Salim Jiwa
VANCOUVER – 2010 has been murder for B.C. pedestrians, with seven being killed in the first 22 days of the year, five of them in Greater Vancouver.
Several of them were killed while they were on crosswalks or walking by the side of the road.
The latest one to die is 72-year-old Burnaby woman Virginia Itubay who was struck while crossing Willingdon Avenue and Kitchener on Thursday at around 3:30 p.m.
Itubay died after a two days in hospital. She was killed by a hit-and-run driver, RCMP said.
One witness says he saw a black 90s-model BMW leaving the area shortly after the crash. Police said the vehicle would have damage on the front bumper.
The first pedestrian fatality occurred on New Year’s Day when popular 17-year-old Port Alberni girl Cynthia Bernice William was killed while playing chicken on Highway 19A.
Then on January 4, a woman crossing the road at East Hastings and Kootenay in Vancouver was killed by a turning Coast Mountain bus. The woman was walking on a crosswalk when she was run down.
On Jan. 10, a 25-year-old woman crossing the street in the Killarney area of Vancouver died at the scene after being struck by a car. She was crossing the road in a crosswalk at East 49th Avenue and Kerr Street when she was hit.
On Jan. 14, a 15-year-old female student at George Elliot Secondary was struck and killed by an elderly driver as she was walking on the side of BottomWood Lake Road in Kelowna.
A 78-year-old New Westminster woman was run over while she was in the crosswalk at 20th Street and Eight Avenue on Jan. 18. The accident occurred in broad daylight.
On January 19, in Vancouver, a 27-year-old was struck by a car while he was in a crosswalk at St. George Street and East King Edward Avenue. He died a few hours later.
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