THUNDER BAY – NEWS – There was another collision between a motor vehicle and pedestrian overnight. Thunder Bay Police Service report that officers were dispatched to the intersection of Cumberland St and Gibson St last evening (23 December 2015) at about 9:30PM EST regarding an auto-pedestrian collision.
Upon the arrival of First Responders, a twenty-five-year-old female pedestrian was taken to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre by ambulance with what police state in a media release were non- life threatening injuries.
Further investigation has revealed that the pedestrian was walking southbound on the west side of Cumberland St. The pedestrian was attempting to walk around a puddle when she was struck by a “large black pick-up”. The driver of the truck did not stop to offer assistance.
The truck is believed to be an extended cab, possibly a diesel with dual rear wheels.
TBPS Officers would like to speak to any witnesses that have not yet come forward to make a statement.
Police state: “If you are the driver of the truck that was involved in this collision, you are reminded that you have a legal obligation to report to police. Please contact the Traffic unit at 684-1200 or attend at the police station at 1200 Balmoral Street to speak to one of the officers.”
What are the Rules of the Road?
The Ontario Driver Handbook states, “At any intersection where you want to turn left or right, you must yield the right-of-way. If you are turning left, you must wait for approaching traffic to pass or turn and for pedestrians in or approaching your path to cross. If you are turning right, you must wait for pedestrians to cross if they are in or approaching your path. You should also check your blind spot for cyclists approaching from behind, particularly in a bike lane to your right, on a sidewalk or a trail. A yield sign means you must slow down or stop if necessary and yield the right-of-way to traffic in the intersection or on the intersecting road.”
“You must yield the right-of-way and wait for pedestrians to completely cross the road at specially marked pedestrian crossings or crossovers and school crossings with crossing guards.
“Remember, signalling does not give you the right-of-way. You must make sure the way is clear.”