Third pedestrian fatality in Metro Vancouver: truck hits 72-year-old man in Richmond

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      A number of pedestrian fatalities have been taking place across Metro Vancouver, with a third death reported from Richmond.

      Richmond RCMP stated today (January 22) that just before 10:30 a.m. on January 14, police responded to a report about a pedestrian hit by a vehicle near Cooney Road and Ackroyd Road in Richmond.

      At the location, officers learnt that a light-coloured pickup truck had struck a 72-year-old man from Richmond.

      The truck driver pulled over to offer assistance and has been cooperating with police.

      However, the pedestrian, who was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, has since died. The death is the first pedestrian fatality of the year for Richmond.

      Anyone with information or dashcam footage is asked to contact the Richmond RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team at 604-278-1212.

      Two other fatal collisions with pedestrians occurred over the last few days in Vancouver and Surrey.

      On January 19, a delivery van collided with a married couple in their 70s at Pacific and Richards streets in Yaletown in Vancouver. The wife died while the husband is in hospital with serious injuries.

      Today (January 22), a vehicle struck a 55-year-old male pedestrian, who has since died, in the 2400 block of 88th Street in Surrey.

      Meanwhile, the Port Moody Police Department stated on January 21 that a seven-year-old boy was hit by a westbound vehicle at 5:10 p.m. on January 20 in the 2300 block of Clarke Street in Port Moody.

      He had exited his parents' vehicle and was attempting to cross the street when he was knocked to the ground and sustained facial injuries.

      He received medical treatment and his injuries are not life-threatening. 

      The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. According to police, speed and alcohol were not contributing factors to the collision but poor visibility and weather conditions were.