WATCH: A Surrey woman is fighting for her life and her dog is dead after the pair was struck by a young driver who is now the focus of a dangerous driving investigation. Elaine Yong explains.
A 66-year-old woman is fighting for her life after a vehicle struck her while she was walking her dog along King George Boulevard in Surrey on Monday night.
Jocelyn Hallier was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries and remains in critical condition according to Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet. Her dog was killed on impact.
Paquet says the vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old Surrey girl, lost control at 34th avenue, hit a utility pole, then another parked car before hitting the pedestrian. The driver had five passengers in the vehicle, which would violate the current restrictions of the province’s graduated drivers program.
Police are also looking into seatbelt violations as well as whether it was too late in the evening for the teen to be operating a vehicle.
The driver and her teenaged passengers were not injured in the incident.
Early stages of the investigation show speed and allegedly the driver trying to pass on the righthand side of the road were what contributed to the crash.
“Passing on the right, you’re now leaving the roadway and you’re entering an area where there might be kids playing, people on bicycles, pedestrians… so you definitely need to remain on the driveable portion of the road,” Paquet says.
Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
~ with files from Negar Mojtahedi
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