Nanaimo, BC: A 15 year female and 17 year male were struck Friday October 21st by a motor vehicle while attempting to cross the Island Highway at Mostar Rd. Both were critically injured and have been transported to hospital. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 pm on Friday October 21, 2016.
Police, BC Paramedics and City of Nanaimo Fire Crews responded. The driver of the vehicle involved, a 56 year male, remained at the scene and cooperated with police. Investigators were able to speak with various witnesses to the accident. While only early in the investigation, it appears the two injured youth were with two others and were attempting to run/walk across crosswalk against the red light. The driver was driving through the intersection when the two were struck. Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as contributing factors. At the time of the accident, the roads were wet and slippery.
The 15 year female was later airlifted to Victoria General Hospital while the 17 year old male was transported to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. Both students were foreign exchange students and enrolled in School District 68. The respective parents and school district guardians have been advised.
The intersection was closed for several hours while investigators, assisted by RCMP Traffic Analyst attended. A mechanical inspection will be conducted on the vehicle involved. If anyone witnessed the incident but were unable to speak with an investigator, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.
File # 2016-35129