Nanaimo man in critical condition after being hit on Island Highway

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
November 23, 2018 - 4:30pm Updated: November 23, 2018 - 5:12pm

The site where a man was hit by a car early Friday morning. Police say he has critical, but non-life threatening injuries.Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — A man was critically injured after being hit by a car near Nanaimo North Town Centre.

Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said the 26-year-old Nanaimo man did not have a walk signal when he was hit crossing the Island Highway from Rutherford Rd. around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.

"Independent witnesses said the light was green and the vehicle was proceeding northbound in the right-hand lane when suddenly the male, for unknown reasons, attempted to walk across the highway," O'Brien said.

He said drugs, alcohol and speed were ruled out as factors on behalf of the driver, a 51-year-old Nanaimo woman who remained at the scene. Her vehicle was towed from the scene for a mechanical inspection.

O'Brien described the man's injuries as critical but not life threatening. "He's expected to remain in hospital for some time."

The intersection was closed for several hours.

In October 2016 two teenage exchange students were killed after being hit at nearly the same spot under similar circumstances.


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