Two pedestrians injured in separate downtown Victoria incidents

Week sees more drivers ignore crosswalks, to the detriment of pedestrians

A 73-year-old Victoria woman is in serious condition after being struck by a car in front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

The incident happened Thursday around 4 p.m. as the woman crossed Government Street in a crosswalk towards the Inner Harbour. Two vehicles stopped, but a third vehicle did not and hit the woman travelling at close to 50 km/hr, said Const. Mike Russell.

She was thrown 12 metres and suffered head and upper body injuries. The driver’s car was seized.

On Jan. 23 at 2 p.m., a man suffered a broken arm after being struck while crossing Fort Street on a walk signal in his motorized wheelchair. Witnesses saw a blue vehicle turn left off Douglas Street and knock the man over, back up then flee the scene.

Passersby helped the victim, but no further description of the vehicle was obtained. Witnesses are asked to call 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) with any information.

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