A 74-year-old woman became Surrey's eleventh traffic fatality this year after jaywalking across a busy road in Whalley.
Surrey RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger said Pavitter Johal died in hospital after a 2006 Pontiac Pursuit hit her at 5:30 p.m. Friday while she was trying to cross the street in the 12300-block of 96th Avenue.
"This is unfortunately another tragic accident involving a pedestrian on our roadways," Grainger said.
"Despite ongoing efforts to educate and enforce traffic safety throughout the city, we have seen our share of pedestrian-involved motor vehicle collisions. This is now our eleventh traffic fatality of the year of which almost half have involved pedestrians."
Grainger said Johal wasn't using a crosswalk. As for the driver, he said, "at this time there is no evidence to suggest speed, alcohol or drug use on the part of the driver."
On Friday morning two Surrey children were taken to hospital with leg injuries after being hit by cars while they were walking to school.
"It sounds like they're going to be OK," Surrey RCMP spokesman Curtis Harling said.
A car struck a 13-year-old boy at 82nd Avenue and Scott Road just after 8 a.m. About half an hour later, a nine-year-old child was struck while walking at 64th Avenue and 132nd Street.
The collisions are still under investigation. Grainger said pedestrians and motorists need to be "more mindful" of one another.
"Pedestrians are reminded to only cross the street at controlled intersections or marked crosswalks and always stop to see if vehicles are stopping before they cross," Grainger said.
"Drivers are reminded to slow down, pay attention to their surroundings and refrain from using hand-held devices."
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