Residents of a neighbourhood in Surrey, B.C., are calling for improvements after a family with two young children was hit by a car while walking in a marked crosswalk.
Three of the family members are still in hospital — the four-year-old daughter in critical but stable condition, the six-year-old son with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and the mother with minor injuries, said Surrey RCMP. The father wasn't hurt.
"How many times I come down this crosswalk to see people on the sides waiting to cross — nobody stops," said Scott Ogden, who lives nearby. "Everyone's in too much of a hurry."
That sentiment was echoed by Carmen Lillico, who also lives nearby. She and Ogden said more needs to be done to make pedestrians visible.
"I notice all the time people just flying through here," said Lillico. "I think they should actually have a light there."
She suggested speed bumps as a deterrent for drivers not paying attention.
Intersection not problematic: city
The City of Surrey said it installed the crosswalk only two and a half weeks ago after a parent launched a complaint last year.
It said records don't show it to be a troublesome intersection, with only two vehicle collisions there in the past five years — neither of them involving pedestrians.
"We believe [the crosswalk] is still appropriate," said city transportation manager Jamie Boan. "It's not a problem location and we do not expect to see this occur again."
Boan said the city will take a closer look at some of the neighbourhood's concerns.
Surrey RCMP said speed was not a factor in the collision.