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Elderly Pedestrian Hit by Truck in Ucluelet

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Feb 09, 2014

While the name of the 78-year-old woman hit and killed by a truck on her morning walk has not yet been released, details of the accident are coming in.

The woman was walking down a paved trail beside Highway 4 in Ucluelet, when a truck pulling a loaded boat trailer on the highway lost control. The truck was traveling in the same direction as she was and she never saw it coming.

"Somehow the boat started fish-tailing coming down the hill and jack-knifed the truck," stated Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP.

According to Swann, the road was clear of snow or ice at the time and alcohol was not a factor in the accident. It seems that the victim was doing everything right at the time of the crash. She was on the paved trail, which is separated from the highway by a ditch and grassy area, and was wearing a bright yellow jacket.

"A witness [who] saw it said she didn't look back. She didn't see it happening," said Swann.

The accident occurred at 8:00 a.m., and Mounties were on the scene at 8:05 a.m. They attempted CPR, but the woman did not respond. It is believed that she was killed instantly.

The driver and passenger in the truck had been traveling from Vancouver to go clam fishing. Neither was hurt during the accident.

The victim was well known in her community, and those who knew her reacted with grief and shock. Our attorneys were saddened to hear the news of the accident and offer sincere condolences to her family and friends.

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