Woman hurt in latest crosswalk mishap, another person pinned between two vehicles

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HALIFAX - When will it end?

Paramedics tend to a woman pinned between two vehicles in the parking lot of a Dartmouth apartment building Sunday morning.

For the sixth time in the past seven days, there’s been a pedestrian hit by a vehicle in a Halifax-area crosswalk.

The latest mishap took place at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday on Lacewood Drive as a woman jogger was struck by a car as she crossed the busy stretch of road in a marked crosswalk near Radcliffe Drive.

The victim was taken to hospital with a possible concussion, while a 21-year-old man driving the car was ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

“Anybody who has been following along knows we’ve seen an extraordinary rise in the amount of these incidents,” said Halifax Regional Police Staff Sgt. Lindsay Hernden.

“Everybody has to slow down and be more vigilant – whether you are the pedestrian or the driver.”

Since last Monday, five other people have been hit by vehicles in crosswalks. Two happened last Monday, one on Tuesday, another Wednesday and a fifth on Friday.

Hernden points out several of those accidents happened at night when it was raining and foggy, but adds it’s up to both drivers and pedestrians to be more careful.

“Both drivers and pedestrians have to be as vigilant as they possibly can,” he said.

Another woman was also hit by a vehicle Sunday, but it wasn’t in a crosswalk.

Police say the victim was pinned between two vehicles as she was parked in front of an apartment-building dumpster adjacent to 94 Gaston Rd.

Hernden said the woman parked by the dumpster and got out around 10:20 a.m. Around the same time, the driver, a 53-year-old woman, backed out of a parking space and ran into the victim, pinning her between the two vehicles.

The woman suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries, which included several broken bones.

There’s been no word on possible charges.

- by Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax

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