A pedestrian died on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at the intersection of Third Avenue and Bute Street in Port Alberni. The accident happened near a crosswalk. Third Avenue will be closed for several hours. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Pedestrian killed in Port Alberni

Third Avenue reopens following fatal collision

A pedestrian has been killed on one of Port Alberni’s main roads.

Port Alberni RCMP, BC Ambulance and Port Alberni Fire Department responded to a 911 call at 5:35 p.m. that a pedestrian had been struck on Third Avenue near Bute Street. Bystanders performed CPR while waiting for first responders, RCMP media liaison officer Cpl. Amelia Hayden said.

“Sadly, the pedestrian had succumbed to her injuries at the scene.”

The woman was not in a marked crosswalk as she crossed Third Avenue between Bute and Burde streets, Hayden said. Third Avenue is a four-lane main thoroughfare connecting north and south Port Alberni. It was dark and raining at the time, and an SUV that had been travelling northbound on Third Avenue collided with the pedestrian.

READ: Two pedestrians struck by vehicles in Port Alberni

The driver of the SUV remained on scene and is cooperating with police, Hayden said. “The driver was not impaired and was not injured in the collision.”

No names have been released and RCMP said no further details are available at this time.

Third Avenue between Redford Street and Burde Street was closed for several hours as the BC Coroners Service and RCMP Collision Reconstructionist analyzed the scene. The area has since re-opened to traffic.

RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police to contact the Port Alberni RCMP detachment at 250-723-2424.



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