By Ryan McGreal
Published May 16, 2013
Hamilton Police were called to a collision at Upper Gage Avenue and Mohawk Road East yesterday just after 5:00 PM.
According to a police report, the motorist was in the southbound curb lane on Upper Gage waiting to turn right (westbound) onto Mohawk. She was looking left for vehicles and drove into a pedestrian.
The pedestrian, an 83-year-old woman whose name has been withheld at the request of her family, was knocked over and struck her head. She is in hospital with serious injuries. Police have ruled out alcohol and speeding, but are still investigating.
Witnesses are asked to contact detective-constable Matt Hewko of the Collision Reconstruction Unit at (905) 546-4755.
The corner of Upper Gage and Mohawk is very pedestrian-unfriendly, with heavy vehicular traffic, long pedestrian crossings across 4-5 lanes and off-street surface parking lots in front of adjacent buildings.
Last year, the Ontario Coroner released a report on pedestrian deaths that observed senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to injury due to inadequate pedestrian infrastructure.
The Coroner recommended a complete streets policy to make walking safer, including reduced vehicle speed limits, more crosswalks and mid-block crossings, bumpouts to make pedestrian crossings shorter, traffic calming measures to slow vehicle speeds and leading pedestrian signal intervals.
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