Impaired driver strikes pedestrian

Vernon North Okanagan

2022-11-04 09:35 PDT

File # 2022-19791

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Police are conducting an investigation after a pedestrian was struck by an alleged impaired driver in Vernon Thursday night.

On Thursday, November 3, 2022, just before 9 p.m., the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a pedestrian involved collision at the intersection of 43rd Ave and 20th St in Vernon.

Frontline officers arrived at the location where BC Emergency Health Services personnel were providing medical treatment to the victim. The investigation has determined the 14-year-old pedestrian was crossing 43rd Ave in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle making a left hand turn onto 43 Ave from 20 St. The victim was transported from the scene for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. While speaking to the driver, the investigating officer formed the suspicion the woman’s ability to drive was impacted by alcohol and read her a mandatory breath demand. The 44-year-old Vernon woman provided a breath sample which registered a Fail on a roadside screening device. She was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition under the BC Motor Vehicle Act and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

There’s no excuse for impaired driving, states Constable Chris Terleski, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. Incidents such as this are entirely preventable. If you are going to consume intoxicating substances, be responsible and always plan ahead and have a safe, sober ride home.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Released by:

Cst. Chris Terleski
Media Relations Officer
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP
3402 30th St, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5E5
Office: 250-260-7161
Fax: 250-260-7191

Email: vernon_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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