Charges pending after 2 elderly pedestrians struck in south Edmonton hit-and-run

Edmonton police investigate a hit-and-run collision involving a vehicle and two elderly pedestrians near 50 Street and 101 Avenue, Sept. 10, 2021. Global News

Edmonton police said Friday that two elderly pedestrians were hit by a car that then left the scene.

The hit-and-run happened near 50 Street and 101 Avenue. Police said officers were called to the scene at about 12:15 p.m.

At around 1 p.m., police were asking motorists to avoid the area.

Paramedics treated and transported the two pedestrians to hospital “with undisclosed injuries,” EPS said.

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Alberta Health Services said the people were hit by a car in a crosswalk at around noon.

AHS said EMS took the pair to hospital. The man, in his 70s, was in serious condition and the woman, in her 70s, was in stable condition.

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In a news release issued late Friday afternoon, police said they were told that a teenage girl was spotted driving a Honda Civic north on 50 Street when she tried turning west onto 101 Avenue.

“The vehicle allegedly turned into oncoming traffic and collided with a Subaru SUV that was travelling southbound on 50 Street through the intersection,” police said. “The Civic… then allegedly undertook a U-turn in the intersection in an attempt to drive southbound on 50 Street.

“The Civic, carrying a driver and three other female passengers, reportedly then struck an elderly man and woman who were attempting to walk northbound across 101 Avenue.”

Police said the driver of the car that hit the pedestrians initially fled the scene and “left the vehicle at another location” before returning to the scene of the crash about two hours later. They said she was driven back to the scene by a friend in another vehicle.

Police said charges are pending against the 16-year-old girl who they say was driving the Civic.

Sean Klein witnessed the crash and called 911. He said the older couple was hit while carrying groceries in the crosswalk.

“He was hurt pretty bad,” Klein said. “I gave him a blanket. There’s blood all over it now. She was in major shock. She wasn’t bleeding but she was definitely hurt.

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“She got hit and flipped over and he actually ended up on the hood. When she turned away from him, he rolled off the car onto the pavement and ended up here… About 20 feet back from the intersection.

Klein said the driver continued along 50 Street.

The woman who was hit, he said, was awake but very shaken.

“It was pretty stressful.

“It happened so fast. In three seconds, it was all over.”

Shortly before 5 p.m., police said the intersection at 50 Street and 101 Avenue had reopened to traffic.

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