Wednesday April 16, 2014





Man's leg severed in crash

Van jumped curb, pinning man against pillar
Keith Anderson

RCMP examine the scene of an accident after the driver of this van jumped the curb and struck a man outside the Cooper's Foods on Lansdowne Street.

A man was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries Sunday afternoon after he was pinned to a post in front of Cooper's Food Store downtown by a van that jumped the curb.

Kamloops RCMP were still investigating the incident, which occurred at around 2:30 p.m.

Amy Arndt, who was driving behind the white Ford Windstar van, said she saw the driver pull into a handicapped stall in front of the grocery store.

"Then zoom. I heard a pop," she said.

"It was almost as if she hit the gas instead of the brake."

Arndt didn't see the man who was hit. She continued on her way to Dollarama with her five-year-old daughter. It was after they came out that she realized what had happened.

"I had no idea she hit someone or I would have stayed," she said.

At the scene, the van driver was sitting in her vehicle for a while, then police moved her into a cruiser. Yellow police tape went up around the van and the area where the man was hit. A pillow, dark-green jacket and blood marked where he had been.

The metal pole indicating the handicapped spot was flat to the ground and a concrete garbage can was shattered into big, heavy pieces.

Mike Bose was in the parking lot when he heard the van hit.

"She knew enough to back up as soon as she saw what happened," he said of the driver.

The man was conscious but had lost a lot of blood from his legs, he said.

Another man, who didn't give his name, had his back to the store when the collision occurred and said he heard a crunching sound. He turned in time to see the man pinned against the pillar, the van reversed and the man slump to the ground.

RCMP said the man was taken to Royal Inland Hospital. They had no word on his condition at press time.

This incident marks the importance of drivers and pedestrians paying more attention.

Less than 24 hours before the Cooper's incident, an 81-year-old man in Merritt was struck while in a crosswalk and died from his injuries.

In Kamloops, a week and a half ago, a man walking by London Drugs was pinned against a no-post barrier by a car that went over the curb.

Three incidents of vehicles smashing into stores occurred during the summer at Lammle's Western Wear, Shoe Warehouse and Nature's Fare.

There's also been a cluster of pedestrians being struck in the last month, including a woman fatally injured while in a crosswalk at Sixth Avenue and Victoria Street last month, a woman whose dog was killed when she was walking it along Hugh Allan Drive and a man hit at Chestnut and Fortune.

Another serious incident occurred in September, when a young woman was hit by a car that ran a red light at Fortune Drive and Leigh Road.


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