A child is recovering in the hospital after being struck while crossing in a marked crosswalk on Shelbourne Street early this morning.
On Tuesday, October 25 just after 7:20 a.m. police responded to a call that a pedestrian had been struck on Shelbourne Street at San Juan Avenue. Once on scene, officers learned that the pedestrian was a child who was on their way to school and was struck by the driver of a southbound vehicle while in the marked crosswalk. The child was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with police. While officers continue to investigate, an early analysis of the scene has shown that neither speed nor impairment were factors in this collision.
“The speed of the vehicle, which we believe was being driven under the speed limit, limited the severity of the injuries sustained by the child,” said Constable Markus Anastasiades. “This time of year we do see an uptick in the number of collisions involving pedestrians, so the timing of this incident is, unfortunately, a good reminder to all road users to be extra vigilant when approaching intersections.”
Motorists should ensure that they proceed with caution at intersections and crosswalks, that their vehicle lights are all working properly, and that their windshield and wipers are in good condition.
Pedestrians and cyclists can enhance the chances of being seen by drivers by wearing lighter or reflective clothing, and by using extra caution when in intersections or crosswalks. Taking the time to make eye contact with drivers coming to a stop at an intersection or crosswalk is strongly recommended.
Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information & Communications Officer