Police Wednesday morning continue to investigate a collision at Ash Road and Torquay Drive. Ambulance brought a woman to hospital in “serious condition” according to Saanich Police

VIDEO: Girl struck by two cars in Saanich intersection

Arbutus middle school student in serious condition, hit while crossing road

  • Dec. 20, 2017 9:00 a.m.

A Saanich girl was struck by a vehicle shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Ash Road and Torquay Drive.

The 11-year-old girl is in Grade 6 at Arbutus middle school and was hit by Mercedes sports utility vehicle travelling eastbound on Ash Road, while crossing Torquay Drive near the crosswalk. Saanich Police believe she was then hit by a late model sedan travelling westbound on Ash Road. Both cars remained on the scene.

The girl was hit coming out of her own driveway, in front of her house. It’s unknown if she was on the crosswalk or near it.

The girl’s grandfather, Andy Bue, said she was crossing the street to be picked up on the other side of Ash Road for a ride to school when she was struck.

She was rushed by ambulance to Victoria General Hospital in serious condition, according to Saanich Police acting Sgt. Jon Zielinski, who was at the scene.

“She was laying on the middle of the road,” Bue said. “She was unconscious, but breathing.”

As of 10:45 a.m. Ash Road remained closed from Majestic to Tyndall, and Torquay was also not accessible at Ash Road, while Saanich traffic analyst team investigated.

It’s unknown if speed was a factor.

“Roads were a little bit slick due to the cold weather but it was a bright clear morning. We’ll wait for these facts to be discovered,” Zielinski said.

As neighbours gathered to learn what had happened, they debated the safety of the intersection.

Bue said he believes Ash Road should be a four-way intersection. The speed limit is 50km/h on Ash Road, which does not have stop signs in the intersection with Torquay. Motorists do have a stop sign at Ash when approaching on Torquay.

Bue also said he had called Saanich to complain about one tall Arbutus tree in particular that leans over Ash Road and blocks the view to the entrance to the intersection when approaching eastbound.

“You can’t see the intersection because of the tree, and it’s on top of a hill,” said Bue, who lives in a house on the corner of the intersection.

Neighbour Susan Settle called it a bad intersection and said she’s wanted the large Arbutus trees that stand close to the intersection removed for years.

Another neighbour said he has asked Saanich to install a pedestrian controlled crossing light at the crosswalk.

The District of Saanich released a statement on Wednesday afternoon that the pedestrian crossing and intersection were already scheduled to be reviewed in January.

“A request to make improvements to the pedestrian crossing at the Ash Road and Torquay Drive intersection was recently brought to the attention of the municipality from the Gordon Head Residents Association,” said spokesperson Megan Catalano. “The intersection is scheduled to be reviewed at the Administrative Traffic Committee meeting in January. We will work closely with Saanich Police to incorporate the factors of [Wednesday’s crash] into our review of the intersection improvements.”

The Administrative Traffic Committee is an internal committee that includes senior members of the Saanich Police and Engineering departments and is responsible for reviewing traffic concerns in the municipality.

reporter@saanichnews.com

 

Saanich Police officers investigate the crash scene on Wednesday morning where a pedestrian, an 11-year-old girl, was struck by a car on Ash Road. The girl was crossing the road to catch a ride to school, said her grandfather. Travis Paterson/News Staff

Saanich Police officers investigate the crash scene on Wednesday morning where a pedestrian, an 11-year-old girl, was struck by a car on Ash Road. The girl was crossing the road to catch a ride to school, said her grandfather. Travis Paterson/News Staff

Just Posted

Vernon climate advocacy group protests against Tolko

Group to demonstrate outside company head office Monday over plan to log close to water supply

Grindrod Garlic Festival delights fans

Hundreds pack Grindrod Park for annual event with heavenly aroma

Vernon’s Vest finishes top-two at third straight golf event

Teen phenom drops playoff at MLT Odlum Brown Classic in Surrey

Lumby pedalling toward bike park

Village and partners hope to create bike park on village property in near future

UPDATED: Power has returned in parts of Greater Vernon

Crews restore power to more than 5,000 customers after noon-hour outage

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

Hawk chick that was cared for in the Okanagan euthanized

Public warned against keeping wildlife after hawk chick had to be euthanized

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Summerland’s downtown has gone through numerous changes

Main Street has been commercial hub of community for many years

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Most Read