Man dies af­ter be­ing hit by bus

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - DAVID LARKINS

Win­nipeg po­lice say it’s too early to tell if charges will be laid af­ter a Win­nipeg Tran­sit bus struck and killed a man down­town Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The col­li­sion oc­curred around 2:30 p.m. at the in­ter­sec­tion of Gra­ham Ave. and Fort St., just a block away from the Win­nipeg po­lice head­quar­ters.

Po­lice said a 50-year-old man was sent to hos­pi­tal, where he died.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and de­tails were lim­ited on Tues­day, and Win­nipeg po­lice spokesman Const. Rob Carver said po­lice are reach­ing out for more wit­nesses who may have in­for­ma­tion.

“I’m not say­ing we haven’t in­ter­viewed wit­nesses, I’m say­ing we’d like as many as we can get,” Carver said.

Carver said it is still too early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine who may be at fault, but ac­knowl­edged the in­ter­sec­tion is a high-traf­fic area for both ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans, which can cre­ate dan­ger­ous cir­cum­stances.

“It’s a sit­u­a­tion where you’ve got lots of buses, and lots of com­muters, lots of pedes­tri­ans who are shar­ing the same space,” Carver said. “It’s al­ways a bal­ance of safety not only for the op­er­a­tors of the buses but peo­ple walk­ing in the area. It’s a fact of ur­ban life.”

Carver did not ac­knowl­edge if po­lice be­lieve the pedes­trian walked out to the street un­safely.

The High­way Traf­fic Act does not rec­og­nize jay­walk­ing as an of­fence in Man­i­toba, but does have a stip­u­la­tion that step­ping off a curb when un­safe can be il­le­gal.

“So the is­sue be­comes if you’re go­ing to cross the mid­dle of the street and there’s no traf­fic then you’re mak­ing a de­ci­sion to do that,” he said.

“It’s not some­thing you can be fined for. You’re not break­ing any High­way Traf­fic Act code.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice at 204986-6271.

CHRIS PROCAYLO/WIN­NIPEG SUN

Po­lice have re­leased de­tails re­lated to a fa­tal col­li­sion that took place at Gra­ham Ave. and Fort St.

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