Police say dark clothing and poor visibility were factors.
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a woman who died after a motor vehicle incident in Nanaimo on March 1, 2016.
She was Wanda Ann Gasper, aged 55, of Nanaimo.
Ms. Gasper was crossing Bruce Avenue near Albion Street in Nanaimo about 6:30 a.m. on March 1, 2016 when she was struck by a truck. She died before reaching hospital.
The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.
A woman has died after being struck in a Nanaimo crosswalk this morning.
Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP says a middle-aged woman was wearing dark clothing as she crossed Bruce Avenue at Albion Road., around 6:30 this morning. It was still dark out and raining when she was hit by a full size pickup truck.
“Our investigators are on scene. The female was transported to hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The driver of the full size pickup did stop, called 911 and remained at the scene and has been cooperating with the police” O’Brien told CHEK News earlier today.
O’Brien says the woman was not carrying identification and had not yet been identified by investigators.
It appears the victim was crossing Bruce from east to west in or very close to a crosswalk when she was struck by the southbound pickup truck.
Charlene Nelson lives on Bruce right beside the crosswalk and calls it a dangerous crossing. She says drivers coming down a hill right before the crosswalk are often speeding and don’t see the crossing until the last second.
“From 4th Avenue, when they’re coming down the hill it seems to be a problem because they speed down and all of a sudden they’re on a crosswalk. I don’t think they realize how fast they’re going down the hill” said Nelson.
There is no indication that was a factor in this crash and police have not laid any charges against the driver of the truck.