Residents concerned after senior struck in west Edmonton crosswalk — again
'It's very unsafe,' says local daycare worker
Residents of one west Edmonton neighbourhood are concerned for pedestrian safety after two separate elderly women were hit by vehicles while crossing the street.
A 70-year-old woman was crossing 87th Avenue at 169th Street at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday when she was hit by a car making a left turn, police say.
The woman remained in hospital Thursday in critical condition.
Mary Lynch, 83, was killed last year by an ETS vehicle while walking across the street at the same marked crossing.
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Ever since the first accident, daycare worker Chona Zapanta has been warning people to be careful in the area.
"It's very unsafe," she said. "I've been telling my kids to be ... extra careful walking in these streets."
The City of Edmonton said in a statement that "anytime there is a pedestrian involved in a collision ... we look at what can be done."
A city spokesperson said there has not been any formal complaints filed to the city for the 87th Avenue and 169th Street crosswalk.
The crosswalk is across from the Misericordia Community Hospital and near two high schools. Many crossings in the area are served by crosswalks like the one at 87th Avenue and 169th Street.
Angela Welz of the area's West Meadowlark Community League said a large influx of students, seniors and hospital workers in the area is part of the problem.
"We've always been concerned with all of the intersections coming in to our neighbourhood," Welz said.
She said the community league will bring up both accidents at the next meeting and will decide if further action from the city is required.
Police do not believe speed or alcohol were involved in Wednesday's collision.
Charges are pending against the 47-year-old man driving the car, police said.