Vernon woman victim of pedestrian fatal

No name has been released, but the woman struck by a semi as she tried to cross Highway 97 Sunday morning is 33 and from Vernon

Vernon RCMP and the coroner continue to investigate Sunday’s morning pedestrian fatality on Highway 97 at the bottom of Hospital Hill.

A 33-year-old Vernon woman, whose name has not been released, was killed after she was struck by a northbound semi tractor trailer unit shortly after 11 a.m.

“I anticipate probably within the next day or so, this investigation will be turned over to the coroner,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk Monday morning.

The driver of the truck, said Molendyk, was “shaken up, as you can fully appreciate, and is fully cooperating with our investigators.”

Speed and alcohol are not factors in the accident.

Skid marks were clearly visible on the highway where the driver tried to stop his unit.

The driver is from the Armstrong area.

The woman was not in the crosswalk at the intersection of 32nd Street and 25th Avenue, but was up the hill a short distance from the crosswalk when she struck by the truck.

She had been on the Polson Park side of the highway.

“We’re still following up, and still talking to witnesses of this tragedy,” said Molendyk.