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Pedestrians injured in 2 separate collisions

In the wake of accidents yesterday in Markham and Vaughan, York police warn drivers and pedestrians to take extra care at night, especially in snow or rain
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NEWS RELEASE
YORK REGIONAL POLICE
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Two pedestrians were seriously injured after being struck by vehicles in Vaughan and Markham.

On Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at 6:20 p.m., officers responded to the area of Highway 7 East and Montgomery Court, in the City of Markham, for a report that a pedestrian had been struck. When officers arrived they found a female pedestrian suffering from serious injuries. She was transported to hospital where she remains.

Shortly after that collision, at 7 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Rutherford Road and Barrhill Road in the City of Vaughan, for another pedestrian that had been struck.

When officers arrived, they found the 51-year-old male pedestrian suffering from what appeared to be life-threatening injuries. He was transported to hospital where his condition improved and he is now expected to survive.

In both collisions, the drivers remained at the scene and the investigations are ongoing.

During this time of the year, where darkness occurs earlier in the evening, combined with snow or rain, there is often an increase in pedestrian-involved collisions. There are steps that both drivers and pedestrians can take to decrease the risk.

Motorist:

  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Make sure your headlights are turned on and in good working order
  • Drive defensively and courteously
  • Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination
  • Turn your car radio down
  • Save snack time for home or office
  • Wear your seatbelt

Pedestrian:

  • Wear bright or light-coloured clothing and reflective strips when walking in dusk or darkness
  • Walk on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks
  • Remove distractions such as headphones or ear buds
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

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