Van hits pedestrian in dark, rainy conditions in Duncan

After a van struck a pedestrian on Beverly Street Friday evening police are reminding those on foot to use marked crosswalks and make eye contact with drivers before entering the roadway.

At around 6 p.m. a Ford Windstar van was traveling west on Beverly toward Canada Avenue when it hit a 33-year-old Duncan man who was crossing the road.

The man was not in a crosswalk and North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said preliminary reports indicate he was wearing all black clothing and was under the influence of alcohol.

The driver, a Nanaimo man, was traveling at about 30 kilometres per hour when he hit the man, witnesses reported.

The pedestrian was taken to hospital by ambulance for a large bump on his forehead.

"The visibility and conditions were not optimal at the time; dark, low illumination, slick roads and raining," North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Krista Hobday said.