Pedestrian dies after being hit by vehicle on Berry Point Road

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Thursday, January 25 2018

RCMP vehicles block Berry Point Road while forensic investigators gather evidence. Sarah Holmes photo

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a motor vehicle on Wednesday, January 24 on Berry Point Road, 200m east of the Twin Beaches Mall. The incident happened just after 8am.

Gabriola RCMP have not released the name of the person, saying only that it was a male in his late 50s, who had been running with a group on the road when he was struck. 

They have asked members of the public and media respect the family’s privacy until/if the family releases the victim’s name.

Cpl. Nathan Dame, Gabriola Detachment Commander, said Emergency Services including Gabriola Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service were quickly on scene and the male was transported to the Gabriola Community Health Centre. 

“Sadly, the male succumbed to injuries sustained as a result of the collision and was later pronounced deceased.”

The driver of the vehicle involved remained on scene and was cooperative with police. RCMP did not release any information about the driver.

RCMP said the jogger had been heading east (towards the Lighthouse) on the north side of Berry Point Road, when he was struck by the eastbound vehicle, which crossed over both lanes of travel before striking the jogger. 

The investigation is ongoing and the causal factors into the crash have not yet been determined.

The road way was closed for several hours as police gathered forensic evidence to aid in the investigation. The road has since been reopened.

Anyone with information on this crash is asked to call the Gabriola RCMP at 250 247-8333.

Gabriola RCMP will be hosting a critical incident stress (CIS) session and debriefing for members of the public who were present at the incident scene; or who are otherwise effected by this event. The session will be facilitated by Gabriolan Dr. Nancy Reeves R.Psych, at 11am this Saturday, January 27 at the Gabriola Arts Centre. Anyone with questions, please contact the Gabriola RCMP at 250-247-8333.