Pedestrian in critical condition after collision near Duke Point

Pedestrian in critical condition after collision near Duke Point

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating after a collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle Thursday morning on Highway One near the Duke Point overpass.

The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. and the pedestrian was taken to a local hospital.

Police say the pedestrian is a woman from Nanaimo who is in her 40s. Nanaimo RCMP are notifying her next of kin.

According to police, before the collision, up to six 911 calls were received where passing drivers reported a woman in dark clothing was running into traffic. The drivers said they had to avoid hitting the woman.

Based on the description of the woman, investigators determined the pedestrian in the crash was the person the drivers were referring to during the 911 calls.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision stayed on the scene and is co-operating with investigators. Police have ruled out drugs and alcohol as contributing factors for the driver, who is a Nanaimo man in his late 60s.

Police said the victim’s clothing, time of day, weather and her prior behaviour are all considered factors that contributed to the collision.

The highway was closed after the collision but has reopened. The investigation is ongoing.

Andy NealAndy Neal

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