July 16, 2014 2:48 pm
Updated: July 16, 2014 6:21 pm

20-year-old, believed to be under influence of alcohol, struck and killed walking on Hwy. 1

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RCMP say a 20-year-old man is dead after he tried to cross Highway 1 near Hope Tuesday and was hit by pick-up truck.

Police say that around 11 p.m. Tuesday, they received a call from a motorist about three people walking westbound on the Old Hope Princeton Way.

Officers patrolled the area shortly after receiving the call, but didn’t see any pedestrians.

About half an hour later, police responded to a report of a pedestrian hit near exit 160.

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RCMP say four teens were walking westbound on Highway 1, when the 20-year-old man, attempted to run across the westbound lanes to the centre grass median.

The driver of a 2009 Chevrolet pickup swerved to avoid the teens on the side of the highway and collided with the 20-year-old pedestrian who was in the fast lane.

Police say the young man was pronounced dead at the scene, despite the efforts of a passing motorist who was a doctor.

RCMP say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the part of the pedestrians. Highway 1 was closed for several hours as a result of the accident.

“This was an entirely preventable tragedy,” says Corporal Robert McDonald of BC RCMP Traffic. He also points out that in addition to being extremely dangerous to walk or hitchhike along Highway 1, is also illegal.



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