Cyclist struck at same Burnaby crosswalk where teenage girl was killed Wednesday
A cyclist was struck at the same crosswalk on Cariboo Road in Burnaby where a 15-year-old girl died Wednesday morning.
RCMP have closed the northbound lanes of Cariboo but the southbound lanes remain open.
Burnaby RCMP responded to the incident at 9:10 a.m. The cyclist was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
This is the fifth collision involving a pedestrian or cyclist that Burnaby RCMP Traffic Services has responded to in the last two days.
It is still early in the investigation and investigators have yet to determine what caused the collision.
Wednesday at 7:10 a.m. a teenage girl, believed to be an international student, was struck and killed at the scene.
The city has confirmed that residents have complained about the particular crosswalk in the 7200-block of Cariboo before.
“Our initial review last year indicated that a traffic signal may not be the best solution,” said Doug Louie, assistant director of 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 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 to 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.
In the meantime Sarah-Kate Salmon, a youth worker at a nearby church, has started a petition.
She says teens and children cross the street at that crosswalk every day – including those attending programs at the Cariboo Hill Temple – and has almost been hit herself.
“It has been completely unsafe to cross there. I have had a youth of mine, like, a teenager of mine, hit by a car there before just a couple months ago.”
Salmon says she would like to see a new system installed that either includes stop lights, or to have more signs put up.
With a file from Michelle Morton
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