RCMP respond to skateboarder vs SUV collision in St. Albert

St. Albert, Alberta – At approximately 4:06 pm on June 12th, 2017, St. Albert RCMP responded to a report of a collision between a Honda CR-V and a skateboarder at the intersection of Giroux Road and Lexington Drive. A 20 year old male skateboarder from St. Albert was heading westbound on the sidewalk on the south side of Giroux Road when he was struck by a Honda CR-V while he was crossing Lexington drive. The northbound Honda CR-V was attempting to turn Eastbound on Giroux Road from Lexington Drive. The skateboarder was taken to a local hospital and suffered non life threatening injuries to one of his legs. The female driver and male passenger of the CR-V, both adults residents of St. Albert, were not injured.

Road conditions, alcohol and speed do not appears to be factors. The investigation is in its early stages as witnesses are still being spoken to.

Although the causes of this collision are still being determined, the RCMP would like to remind everyone that intersection safety is a shared responsibility. Crosswalk users, no matter what age, should #1 indicate that they are going to use the crosswalk #2 should make eye contact with the drivers of any vehicles to ensure that they are being seen and #3 walk through the crosswalk when it’s safe to do so (Point, Pause and proceed). Crosswalks are meant to be crossed by walking. Cyclists and skateboarders should dismount their bikes or boards and walk in the crosswalks.

Motorists also share responsibilities in intersection safety. Motorists should make eye contact with pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and anyone approaching an intersection to confirm their intentions to cross or not. Taking an extra second or two by all users of the road could potentially result in a safer summer for St. Albert.

If you have information about this incident, please call the St. Albert R.C.M.P. at 780-458-7700 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers
www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

Police File : 2017-733725

St. Albert RCMP

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