Teen critical after being hit by mini-van

A Duncan teen is fighting for his life after being stuck by a mini-van near the silver bridge.

A Duncan teen is fighting for his life after being stuck by a mini-van near the silver bridge.

The 15-year-old was hit about    11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 and was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Witnesses told police the youth was crossing the 100-block of the Trans Canada Highway outside of a crosswalk. The mini-van driver, a 29 year old Duncan resident, was northbound in the left lane on the highway. He was unable to avoid the pedestrian who stepped off the cement median.

“A preliminary investigation by the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP has revealed that the 2002 Chevy Venture appeared to be maintaining the posted speed limit of 50 km/h and there is no reason to believe that alcohol is a causal factor for the driver,” according to a press release issued by North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday.

She went on to say that the extent of the pedestrian’s injuries are not known at this time, though they are not believed to be life threatening.

“As the dreary, wet weather closes in on us as we enter the second week of November, we are encouraging pedestrians and motorists to be visible and aware of their surroundings as they make their way to and from their destinations,” Hobday added.

Community Policing volunteers have partnered again this year with ICBC Road Safety to help raise awareness of the importance of pedestrian visibility.

Tips for pedestrians to increase being seen include: making eye contact with drivers.

It’s hard to see pedestrians when visibility is poor in fall and winter. Never assume that a driver has seen you. Always cross at designated crossing spots and even then look back and forth to make sure it’s safe to go.

Take off the headphones and put away your mobile phone when crossing the road. Avoid dark clothing and wear bright, reflective clothes if you can — make it easier for drivers to spot you.

Anyone using the roads: pedestrians, those on scooters, cyclists and even equestrians are encouraged to stop by the Community Policing offices on Canada Avenue and pick up a free personal reflector. The reflector should be attached to clothing or gear so that it swings freely along the side of your body that faces traffic.