Senior thrown three metres

Two separate accidents send two people to hospital last week

An 88-year-old Parksville senior was sent for treatment in hospital after being thrown three metres in a pedestrian motor vehicle collision last week.

Oceanside RCMP Corporal Jesse Foreman said the incident happened at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening when the 63-year-old driver of a late model pickup truck attempted to turn left from Highway 19A onto Bagshaw Street.

The victim, he said, was in the crosswalk, heading east at the time of the collision.

The senior was unresponsive and subsequently air-lifted to Victoria General Hospital.

The Oceanside RCMP, Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services, BC Ambulance Service and an RCMP Traffic Analyst attended the scene.

“Based on current information the investigation has determined that the sun, which was low in the sky, was a significant factor,” Foreman said, adding that neither alcohol nor speed were apparent factors. The investigation into the crash continues.

* A woman was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital after the driver of a motorcycle she was riding lost control on wet, slippery roads on Friday.

Oceanside RCMP Corporal Jesse Foreman said the incident took place at 1:30 p.m. Friday when the 64-year-old male driver of the motorcycle lost control while trying to negotiate the corner of Renz Road and Hirst Avenue.

The 60-year-old passenger sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital before being airlifted to Victoria for specialized treatment.


The police investigation continues.