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Elderly pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by car in Plateau-Mont-Royal

Montreal wants to help keep senior pedestrians safe
WATCH: On Wednesday evening, a 93-year-old man was struck by a car in the Plateau district. So far this year, 19 pedestrians have been struck and killed in Montreal. Tim Sargent explains.

A 93-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car late Wednesday night in Montreal’s Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.

Police spokesperson Manuel Couture says a 43-year-old driver was travelling northbound on Park Avenue near Prince Arthur Street around 10:30 p.m., when his vehicle hit an elderly man crossing the street a few metres south of the intersection.

The pedestrian suffered multiple injuries, including a serious head injury, Couture says.

Doctors say they fear for his life.

Montreal police collision investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the collision.

READ MORE: Montreal to add pedestrian crossing signals to all traffic lights

Couture says speed and alcohol are not currently considered factors in the crash.

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The number of pedestrians killed in car accidents this year has already surpassed that of 2019, and the majority of deaths are senior citizens.

Montreal’s largest borough, Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, held an awareness campaign on Thursday aimed at educating senior citizens about safe road crossing.

“A lot of accidents happen in the front of the nose of the truck,” said SAAQ Highway Patrol Spokesperson Marie-Josée Michaud.

“With those mirrors, the driver can see if there is something happening in front of his nose.”

Montreal police annual report shows number of pedestrians increased in 2018
Montreal police annual report shows number of pedestrians increased in 2018

According to the SAAQ, truck drivers have a hard time seeing pedestrians when they walk directly in front of their vehicles.

READ MORE: There have been 19 pedestrian deaths so far in 2019, according to Montreal police

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“The first thing to do is to make eye contact with the driver,” said Michaud.

“If both people — the driver and the pedestrian — take a look at each other, there won’t be any problems.”

“I’m really making an appeal to our residents to slow down,” said Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce Borough Mayor Sue Montgomery.

“Take it easy.”

— With files from Global’s Tim Sargeant