Three Serious, Separate Accidents Occur on Just One Day
January 16, 2014, was a dangerous day for drivers, pedestrians, and students.
On this single day, three accidents were reported:
- Elderly Coquitlam Woman Stuck by Car. In this hit-and-run accident, an 89-year-old woman was struck and killed in her driveway. Police later found the vehicle they believe hit the woman and interviewed the suspect—the accident is still under investigation.
- 82-Year-Old Man Dies in Three Car Accident. It is believed that an 82-year-old man suffered a medical event before striking two cars in South Vancouver. The drivers of the other vehicles were treated for minor injuries—the elderly driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
- School Bus Hits Ice, Tips Over Near Vernon. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries or deaths reported in this bus accident. According to reports, the bus hit a patch of black ice and started to slide. The driver was able to avoid going down an embankment but still lost control, causing the bus to crash onto its side. All 19 students onboard were taken to hospital, treated for minor injuries, and released.
What Can We Learn?
The accidents occurred in different parts of B.C., happened for different reasons, and involved people both young and old. So, what is the common thread here? What can we all take away from the terrible accidents?
I believe that the best way to honor those we have lost is to make positive changes in our lives and the lives of those around us. In this situation, I think it is fitting to pledge to stay alert when we drive and to do everything we can to keep ourselves and our families safe. Let's work together to make February, and all of 2014, a safer year for everyone on our roads.
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