Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Highway 97

A 65-year-old man was hit by a vehicle on Saturday and taken to Kelowna General Hospital with bone fracture injuries to his lower body.

  • Nov. 9, 2015 8:00 a.m.

A Kelowna man remains in hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 97 North near Leathead Road early Saturday evening.

The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of Highway 97 in the 2600 block.

Police say the vehicle involved, a green Jeep Cherokee, was travelng north on Highway 97 just south of Leathead Road when a pedestrian suddenly emerged into the right hand slow lane.

The pedestrian, a 65-year-old Kelowna man, was struck while attempting to cross the highway. He was not at an intersection or in a marked cross walk at the time of the collision.

The driver of the Cherokee, a 52-year-old Kelowna woman, remained at scene and is co-operating with police.

The pedestrian remains in hospital and suffers from a series of fractures mainly to his lower body.

Police have ruled out alcohol and speed as factors, but believe that the lighting and roadway conditions may have contributed to this crash. Charges are not being recommended at this time.

“The RCMP would like to remind the public to ensure they are visible to all motorists,” said Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey. “Wear reflective or bright coloured clothing and cross all roadways at lighted intersections or in marked crosswalks.”

Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the incident, and have not yet spoken to police, to contact Cst. Danilowich of the Kelowna Municipal Traffic Services at 250-980-5350.

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