Police are reminding drivers and pedestrians to take extra precautions after two pedestrians suffered serious injuries after being struck by vehicles in Markham and Vaughan respectively.
A woman was struck on Monday, Nov. 26 at about 6:20 p.m. near Hwy. 7 and Montgomery Court in Markham. She remains in hospital, York Regional Police (YRP) report.
At about 7 p.m. that evening, a 51-year-old man was struck at the intersection of Rutherford Road and Barrhill Road in Vaughan. The man appeared to be suffering from life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital. His condition has improved and he is expected to survive, police report.
The drivers in both collisions remained at the respective scenes and the investigations continue. “During this time of the year, where darkness occurs earlier in the evening, combined with snow or rain, there is often an increase in pedestrian-involved collisions,” police say in a statement.
They remind motorists to not drive distracted, make sure your headlights are turned on and in good working order, and drive defensively and courteously. Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination, turn down your car radio, save snack time for home or office, and wear your seatbelt.
Pedestrians should wear bright or light-coloured clothing and reflective strips when walking in dusk or darkness. Walk on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks, remove distractions like headphones or ear buds, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road.