A warning about the danger of “distracted walking,” after an 18-year-old woman in North Vancouver was hit by a car Wednesday night while crossing the street and using her phone.
RCMP Corp. Richard de Jong says she was wearing her headphones at the time, and crossed against the signal.
“When you are involved in a pedestrian crash with a car, the consequences can be deadly. Fortunately for this woman, she did survive, she’s in an induced coma with a brain injury, so we hope the best for her, and this is something that could be a life changer.”
de Jong says it’s a potent reminder of how dangerous traffic is, and how important it is to stay focused on the road.
“Everyone’s carrying a phone these days, they’re texting, they’re listening to music, talking. An intersection is a place where there is a lot of potential danger, there’s movement of cars. That’s why there’s signs that say walk-don’t walk, these are all for the safety of pedestrians.”
Just a day before, Vancouver Police and ICBC launched their annual pedestrian safety campaign for the dangerous winter months.