WATCH: One woman is dead and her sister in critical condition after they were struck by an SUV on a rural Central Saanich road Monday night. Now police are trying to figure out why the 26-year-old driver would have crossed an entire lane of traffic on a long straight stretch and hit the pair.
Central Saanich Police say a 51-year-old woman is dead and her sister is in critical condition after they were struck by an SUV that swerved into an opposing lane while they were walking their dogs Monday night.
Police released more details about the crash on Tuesday morning. According to police, the sisters were walking north in the 7500-block of Central Saanich Road, south of Mount Newton Cross Road, at about 7 p.m. Monday when an SUV struck them.
.@cspoliceservice Chief Les Sylven giving more details about fatal pedestrian crash last night. Women struck were sisters. One was killed, other still in critical condition. @CHEK_News pic.twitter.com/4jGszs8OS8
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One woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her sister, who is 48-years-old, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. One dog was also killed in the collision while the other managed to run home.
Police are still investigating what caused the driver to veer into the wrong lane. Central Saanich Police Chief Les Sylven said Tuesday that the driver was 26-year-old man from the Central Saanich area. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries but has since been released. He is said to be co-operating with police.
“Our officers are conducting a thorough investigation that includes looking at various factors such as possible impairment, speed, medical issues, and the vehicle itself,” said Sylven. “We are also working closely with the families affected and our officers who attended the scene to ensure they are taken care of during this difficult time.”
The sisters were not from the area but were visiting family. Their names have not been released.
Any witnesses who may have seen the crash are asked to call Central Saanich Police at 250-652-4441 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.