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Deadly pedestrian accident in Burnaby

BURNABY (NEWS1130) – A man has been killed in a pedestrian accident on North Road near Lougheed in Burnaby.

Investigators are still trying to figure if the guy was jaywalking.

Staff Sergeant Steve Crawford says Burnaby RCMP got the call just after 5pm.

“Initially, Coquitlam RCMP got the call about a male that had been struck.  The male victim was transported to Royal Columbian Hospital and has since been pronounced deceased”

It was dark and wet but investigators don’t know if those are part of the cause.

One witness tells News1130 it looks like a bag was left behind by the man.

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That area needs a lot more traffic law enforcement – or something. People wander across Lougheed and North Road like they are extensions of the sidewalks. Minutes before this fatality I watched a lady standing 3/4 of the way through the crosswalk with the crossing light in her favour. She was waiting for the cars turning the corner in front of her to stop so she could reach the sidewalk. Before that I watched three cars go through the red light (not orange – red) so our light was green when the last one went through. My daughter lives near that corner and her family uses Transit. She knows they take their lives in their hands every time they walk to the station. They need fences down the middle of Lougheed and North Road to stop the jaywalkers and red-light cameras to make drivers wake up. We need a real push to make pedestrians aware of just how invisible they are most of the time because I really don’t think they understand that.

December 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

More traffic enforcement is needed for both vehicular AND pedestrian offences. BC should copy Alberta and have Bylaw Enforcement Officers(Peace Officers) and Sheriffs conduct traffic enforcement to supplement the work of local police. More enforcement will break people of their bad habits, reducing accidents on the road.

December 29, 2012 at 9:35 am