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It looks like a momentary lapse of attention by two people may have contributed to a car/pedestrian collision that could cost a young woman her life.
The 23-year old woman was listening to an iPod or something similar when she started to cross 178th street westbound at 93rd Avenue minutes after 9:30 Wednesday night. She may have been distracted by the music and didn't see a southbound SUV. For whatever reason, the 67-year old man driving the vehicle did not see the woman in time to stop. She was hit very hard and was thrown several metres. Police say she has extremely life threatening head injuries and broken bones.
A senior traffic collision analyst says pedestrians should never assume approaching vehicles are going to stop for people in crosswalks. He advises to make eye contact with drivers and be sure it's safe before stepping onto the roadway. There have been eleven traffic deaths so far this year, four were pedestrians. Last year, nine pedestrians were amoing 21-people killed in traffic.