A medical emergency is being cited as the cause for a motor vehicle crash on Saturday, March 31 that sent one man to hospital.
Oceanside RCMP Corporal Jesse Foreman reported the crash took place just before 2 p.m. on Highway 19A near Bagshaw Street in Parksville.
“A 67-year-old Alberta man was driving northbound on Highway 19A through Parksville in his grey 2007 Chevrolet Impala,” Foreman reported. “The driver suddenly suffered a medical emergency and lost his ability to control his vehicle. His wife, who was sitting beside him grabbed the steering wheel and attempted to control the car, but could not slow the vehicle down as the driver’s foot was still on the accelerator.”
The vehicle subsequently hit the curb before striking a parked vehicle and a pedestrian. According to witnesses, the pedestrian, a 44-year-old man from Ontario, was thrown approximately three meters. Both the driver and injured pedestrian were rushed to Nanaimo General Hospital by ambulance. The pedestrian was later released and the driver remained in Hospital for further treatment.