A woman is in a medically induced coma at Royal Inland Hospital after a vehicle ran a red light and hit her in a North Kamloops crosswalk.
Although an investigation is ongoing, RCMP suspect the drive, a man in his late 80s or early 90s, didn't realize the light was red or that someone was in the crosswalk, acting Staff Sgt. Art Babin said Friday.
"There was no attempt to slow down," he said.
The 20-year-old was one of two people in the crosswalk at Fortune Drive and Leigh Road when the accident happened.
Babin said the victim was hit in the inside northbound lane shortly after 10 a.m. Her body was tossed several metres out of the crosswalk.
"The person travelled some distance after she was struck," he said. "The speed limit there is 60 km/h and there were no brake marks."
Babin said the vehicle stopped after impact and the driver is co-operating with the police investigation.
Allan Schrader works at the Kamloops Funeral Home on Fortune. He noticed a commotion on Fortune when he arrived for work, he said. Traffic in the north and southbound traffic had come to a halt and a man, not a police officer, was directing vehicles onto Leigh Road, which he travels to get to work.
He saw a body on the road six metres outside of the crosswalk. Schrader said a group of people were huddled around it.
"At that point, I didn't know what happened," he said.
Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 10:10 a.m. Two ambulances were sent, including one equipped with advanced life support.
Traffic was re-directed onto Leigh for a couple of hours while police investigated the scene. Traffic was flowing in both directions along Fortune by late afternoon.
There is nothing to suggest speed or alcohol played a part in the incident. Babin said it's too early to tell what charges or fines could be recommended.
An update on the woman's condition was not available by late Friday afternoon.