A woman on a mobility scooter was struck by the driver of a van on Front Street near the Nanaimo Harbour Ferry Terminal, according to RCMP.
The incident happened around 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, and the street was partially closed with an RCMP traffic reconstructionist on scene, Mounties told CHEK News.
Around 4:30 p.m., Nanaimo Fire Rescue took to X (formerly Twitter) asking commuters to avoid the area due to “an active scene post motor vehicle accident.”
RCMP said fire crews had to help free the 83-year-old victim, who had become pinned under the vehicle after crossing the street in the crosswalk. Paramedics with BC Ambulance Service then transported her to hospital.
In a release, RCMP says the woman had serious injuries and is currently in the hospital.
RCMP has ruled out drugs and alcohol as contributing factors for the 70-year-old driver.
Several witnesses on the scene say the woman was making a right-hand turn into Port Place Mall when she struck the victim.
Anyone who has dashcam footage or is an eyewitness is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.
Traffic Advisory. Please avoid the area of Front St and the entrance to the Gabriola island ferry, as there is an active scene post motor vehicle accident. @cityofnanaimo @IAFF905 pic.twitter.com/2bFNJERoIz
— Nanaimo Fire Rescue (@NanaimoFire) November 28, 2023