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Kelowna senior fatally hit on crosswalk

An 89-year-old Kelowna man died as a result of his injuries incurred when hit by a vehicle, while crossing the highway.

The Kelowna RCMP received a report of a pedestrian collision on Highway 33 at Bryden Road, Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m.

"An 89-year-old Kelowna man was apparently attempting to cross the four lanes of traffic, northbound, on a motorized scooter. The man made his way across the eastbound lanes and police were told that the inner lane of westbound traffic had stopped for him to continue," said Const. Kris Clark, in a press release.

"The man proceeded to cross the westbound lanes but the outer lane was still flowing. The man was struck by a grey GMC Sierra, the impact of which threw him off his scooter. The man suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital in critical condition. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries later that afternoon."

A detailed scene survey was conducted by an RCMP collision Reconstructionist but the analysis of that information is not yet complete.

The investigation is in its infancy and it is too early to determine whether any charges will be laid. Speed and alcohol are not considered factors at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information who has yet to speak with police is asked to call the Central Okanagan Traffic Services, Cst SCHNEIDER at 250-980-5353. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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