January 17, 2018 3:19 pm
Updated: January 17, 2018 7:11 pm

15-year-old girl dies after being hit by a car in Burnaby

Emergency vehicles rushed to the scene in Burnaby on Wednesday.

Ted Field / Global News

A 15-year-old girl has now died after being hit by a car in Burnaby Wednesday morning.

RCMP say a vehicle was travelling northbound on Cariboo Road at approximately 7:10 a.m. when it struck the teenage pedestrian.

Burnaby RCMP and B.C. Ambulance rushed to the scene but she was declared deceased.

She is believed to be an international student.

The driver of the vehicle did remain on scene and is cooperating with investigators.

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Police say it’s too early to tell what may have caused the collision at this time and the area around the 7200-block of Cariboo Road will remain closed as the investigation continues.

The City of Burnaby has confirmed community members have expressed concern about this particular crosswalk in the past.

“Our initial review last year indicated that a traffic signal may not be the best solution,” said Doug Louie, assistant director engineering for the City of Burnaby. “We are continuing our review this year for other potential safety enhancements by looking at the details of past crashes to better understand the problem. We will be completing this as soon as possible, including a review of the circumstances related to the recent tragedy.”

Louie added that near to this location, the city is planning to make changes to the intersection at Cariboo Road and Cariboo Drive to facilitate traffic in and out of the Drive and help reduce traffic speeds along Cariboo Road.

Anyone who witnessed this collision is asked to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999 and speak to Burnaby Traffic Services.

Police on scene in Burnaby Wednesday morning. Credit: Ted Field / Global News

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This was one of four incidents Wednesday in Burnaby alone involving pedestrians and cyclists struck by vehicles. The other three were less serious.

Police are asking for all road users to remain vigilant during the winter months. Burnaby RCMP urges pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to remain alert in low light and wet weather conditions. Pedestrians should wear reflective clothing, use crosswalks and intersections and make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street. Drivers are urged to be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists, especially in early mornings and after sunset.


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