‘She was very kind’: Pedestrian fatally hit by car while crossing Saanich crosswalk


Saanich police are investigating after a woman was struck and killed by a car in Saanich on Friday evening.

Police say they were called to a collision involving a car and pedestrian just before 9 p.m. at the intersection of Grange Road and Interurban Road.

Two ambulances were also called to the scene, according to BC Emergency Health Services, but paramedics did not transport anyone to hospital.

“Tragically the pedestrian, a [76]-year-old woman who was crossing in the marked crosswalk, was pronounced deceased at the scene,” said Saanich police in a release Saturday.

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The crash occurred around 9 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2023.

Police say the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is currently not facing any charges.

The following day, several bouquets of flowers were taped to the crosswalk traffic signal by neighbours of the victim.

“We did see her often because she used to walk up and down the street quite frequently and we would wave and she was very kind,” said Desirae Cataneo.

Cataneo says the intersection is dangerous, with drivers speeding frequently.

“People go way too fast up this road. People need to realize that they need to slow down and watch out for crosswalks.”

Speed and impairment have been ruled out as factors in the crash, and crash analysts are still investigating the cause of the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has video or dashcam footage of the area is asked to contact Saanich police at 250-475-4321.

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Editor’s note: Saanich Police previously reported the woman who died in the crash was 55-years-old. Tuesday morning the police issued a correction that she was 76-years-old.

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