One man was rushed to hospital on Thursday after being hit by a vehicle in the community of Tuscany.
It happened in the intersection of Tuscany Way N.W. and Tuscany Ridge Heights N.W. at around 6:15 a.m.
EMS said the victim, a man in his early 30s, appeared to have been thrown a significant distance after being hit by a car.
According to Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey with the Calgary Police Service, the man was struck while running through the intersection.
“We had a bus that was stopped northbound at a bus stop. At the same time there was a gentleman, an adult male, who was running across the road – at least according to the witnesses – and we don’t know if he was running to catch the bus or not, but he was coming across the road, and a vehicle going the same direction as the bus … wasn’t able to stop in time.”
The victim was transported to the Foothills Medical Centre in serious condition with concerns of a head injury. However, his condition was later upgraded and police said he is expected to make a full recovery.
The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene. Police said he is “fully cooperating” with the investigation.
“Even though the pedestrian was at or near a marked crosswalk, the ownness still lies with the pedestrian to give the motorist an opportunity to see him,” Sgt. Joerg Gottschling said, adding the sun wasn’t up at the time of the collision so it was very dark.
“We’ve determined that this pedestrian didn’t give the motorist an opportunity to stop for him.”
“Pedestrians have the right of way within a crosswalk,” Stacey added. “However, there is a caveat to that, in that regardless of the fact that they’re in a crosswalk or not, the pedestrian still has to give a motorist the opportunity to stop before they go out in front of them.”
No other injuries were reported at the scene.