Vancouver police say a 78-year-old woman has become the city's sixth pedestrian to die this year after a motor-vehicle accident.
The unnamed woman was struck while crossing the street at Kingsway at Earles Street around 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.
She later died in hospital from a head injury.
The 54-year-old driver was driving north on Earles when he made a left turn onto Kingsway. He remained on the scene and is cooperating with police.
Alcohol and speed do not appear to have played any role in the accident, according to the VPD.
It's the 13th traffic death and the sixth fatality involving a pedestrian in Vancouver in 2014.
Earlier this month, the B.C. Coroners Service issued an alert urging pedestrians and motorists to be careful. This came after five elderly pedestrians between the ages of 73 and 87 years old died in B.C. intersections over an 11-day period.
Two of the deaths were in Vancouver, and one occurred in New Westminster, another in Kelowna, and the other in Oliver.
In four of these fatalities, the pedestrians were hit by motor vehicles making left-hand turns in an intersection.
A 2012 City of Vancouver report stated that this was the most common "collision type" involving pedestrians.
Five types of collisions were cited as responsible for two-thirds of all motor-vehicle accidents involving pedestrians:
• Vehicle turns left while pedestrian crosses with the right-of-way in an intersection with a signal (25.6 percent).
• Vehicle turns right while pedestrian crosses with the right of way in an intersection with a signal (17.1 percent).
• Pedestrian is hit while crossing in the middle of a block without a traffic signal or while jaywalking (11.5 percent).
• Vehicle goes through while a pedestrian is crossing at a stop sign or a crosswalk (6.9 percent).
• Pedestrian is hit while crossing a driveway or a laneway (6.5 percent).
Three intersections along Kingsway (Joyce Street, Victoria Drive, and East 12th Avenue) were among the top 20 pedestrian collision locations between 2005 and 2010, according to the report.
The spate of pedestrian accidents has promped Vancouver journalist Jane Macdougall to create PedViz to make people more visible when they're walking at night.
She works with disabled adults who make reflective accessories to enhance pedestrian safety.
Macdougall launched the initiative after her sister-in-law, Roz Macdougall, was injured in a crosswalk by a hit-and-run driver.