A pedestrian in Peterborough who was struck by a vehicle on Thursday night has died of their injuries, police said Friday morning.
According to the Peterborough Police Service, around 8:30 p.m. emergency crews responded to the collision on George St. North between Dalhousie and Townsend streets.
A man was taken to Peterborough Regional Health Centre then transported to a hospital in Toronto where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.
The name of the victim has yet to be released.
Police say the vehicle believed to be involved was located on Water Street, but didn’t say if charges have been laid.
Kathleen Smies and her daughter were at the nearby Circle-K when the collision happened but didn’t hear or see it happen.
After she left the parking lot and headed north on George, she says she noticed what appeared to be a coat on the road.
“I then realized it was actually a person. I pulled over on an angle, so that if someone didn’t see me or hit me, the car would go into the curb and not hit us,” she tells Global News Peterborough. “I have my First Aid training. I immediately went over to help and I called 9-1-1.”
A police officer was heading south on George Street at the same time and stopped to help.
“I could see there were head injuries and that there was blood pooling around his head. I started calling out to him,” Smies said. “I didn’t try to move him because I didn’t want to hurt him further. He didn’t respond to me.”
Smies said the police officer brought a First Aid kit over and handed her a compress for the man’s head.
“I was able to apply the compresses to his head to stem his bleeding and I just kept talking to him and just let him know I was there. Another lady on the sidewalk also talking to him, letting him know we were with him. He wasn’t conscious and wasn’t in any direct response to us. He was breathing and wasn’t moving at all. He moved a bit and we saw he was breathing.”
“We can’t thank them enough,” said Sandra Dueck, Peterborough Police communications coordinator. “It’s helpful and appreciated. They stopped and helped and it speaks volumes of our community. It’s always good to see that and to hear that.”
The section of roadway was closed for several hours while police investigated.
A spokesperson for Ornge air ambulance confirmed they were requested to attend, however they declined the request due to weather.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call city police at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or on online