VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A Vancouver woman is dead after being struck by a vehicle while she on her way home from work. Police are appealing to the driver to contact them.

The 43-year old mother of two was steps away from her home when she was struck just before 11 o’clock last night at the intersection of East 43rd Avenue and Prince Edward.

Constable Brian Montague says they are treating it as a hit and run. “Our investigators are confident that this person knows they struck a pedestrian, but we’re not sure if they know just quite how severely they struck and injured this person.”

Montague calls it a tragedy and something that’s bound to be difficult on the family.

“Not only has someone struck and killed their loved one, but they have taken off and not owned up to any sort of responsibility or assisted the police in determining what the factors were,” he says.

This is Vancouver’s 19th traffic fatality of the year, 11 of which involved pedestrians. Montague says the numbers are frustrating, considering police efforts to encourage safe driving habits.

“We don’t want to have to knock on someone’s door early in the morning and tell them someone has been seriously injured or killed in a traffic accident.”
    
As well as asking the driver to contact them, police are speaking to witnesses and encouraging others who may have seen something to give them a call.

If you witnessed the hit and run or have any information to help police, you’re asked to call the VPD Collision Investigation Unit at (604) 717-3012.