Driv­ers re­minded to be aware af­ter child struck in cross­walk

Medicine Hat News - - UP FRONT - GIL­LIAN SLADE gslade@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNGil­lianSlade

A young cy­clist was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent on his way to school Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of Divi­sion Av­enue and Sixth Street SE near Safe­way on the South­east Hill.

A 12-year-old boy was rid­ing his bi­cy­cle in the pedes­trian cross­walk when he came in con­tact with a ve­hi­cle turn­ing the cor­ner, said Const. Dar­ren Holeha of the Medicine Hat Po­lice Ser­vice.

EMS re­sponded to the scene along with po­lice. There were no in­juries that re­quired med­i­cal at­ten­tion, said Holeha. The boy was wear­ing a hel­met and the driver of the ve­hi­cle was go­ing very slowly, min­i­miz­ing the im­pact.

Ac­cord­ing to by-law, in or­der to be con­sid­ered a pedes­trian, a cy­clist must be push­ing his/her bike rather than rid­ing it in a cross­walk, said Holeha.

“We en­cour­age all driv­ers, with the young kids go­ing back to school, just to be wary of their driv­ing and watch for kids whether they be at cross­walks or side­walks and for kids to be wear­ing a hel­met when they are on their bikes,” said Holeha.

In the case of the ac­ci­dent Wed­nes­day, charges are pend­ing against the driver of the ve­hi­cle for fail­ure to yield, said Holeha. No charges are pend­ing for the cy­clist rid­ing in the pedes­trian cross­walk.

For those us­ing a pedes­trian cross­walk, even if the traf­fic lights are in your favour it is a good idea to check for traf­fic first in case a driver has not seen you, said Holeha. It is also a good idea for driv­ers to ob­serve other traf­fic be­fore pro­ceed­ing on a green light.


A traf­fic in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a cy­clist had EMS and fire crews re­spond­ing to the scene shortly af­ter 8 a.m. Wed­nes­day on Divi­sion Av­enue in front of Safe­way on the hill near the cor­ner of Sixth Street SE.

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