A man was under treatment for minor injuries by the police at the scene. After a few moments of receiving a safety reflector to increase pedestrian visibility, a man was hit by a car in downtown Sidney.
The Sidney/North Saanich RCMP officers who were standing on the edge of the sidewalk and handing out the reflectors immediately helped the man. They administered first aid measures and called an ambulance and other first responders.
According to Corporal Chris Manseau, the local RCMP detachment’s public affairs officer, he just finished talking to the man and handing him a reflector. The man entered the crosswalk at Beacon Avenue and Third Street when he was hit by a vehicle that was waiting at the intersection.
He added that it was an unusual scenario where he was the last person to speak to the man before he was hit by a vehicle.
The pedestrian was treated by the paramedics at the scene and sustained a cut above one eye. The collision damaged the glasses of the man but it could have been worse.
The police officers and representatives from ICBC were in downtown Sidney to promote better pedestrian safety. It involves reminding people to use crosswalks, making eye contact with drivers and wearing brightly-colored clothing and reflectors for better visibility during dark, rainy days of fall and winter.
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