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Paramedics treat a pedestrian involved in an accident on Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal early Friday morning. Police said four pedestrians were jaywalking at the time of the collision. ((CBC))

A Montreal woman is in critical condition in hospital after she was struck by a car while jaywalking overnight on Ste-Catherine Street.

The accident took place just as the bars were letting out at 3 a.m. Friday just east of Crescent Street.

Police said two men and two women were crossing Ste-Catherine when they were hit by an eastbound car.

It was pouring rain at the time of the accident.

A 24-year-old woman was taken to hospital in critical condition. The other three -- a 27-year-old woman and two 30-year-old men -- suffered fractures, but their injuries are not life threatening.

'If these guys would have crossed at an intersection at a green light, it could have saved a lot of injuries.'— Const. Yannick Ouimet, Montreal police

Police Const. Yannick Ouimet said the victims' actions contributed to the collision.

He said the pedestrians did not cross the street at an intersection, and the driver had the right of way.

"In this case, if these guys would have crossed at an intersection at a green light, it could have saved a lot of injuries," said Ouimet.

Police are still considering charges against the 22-year-old driver.

The driver failed a breathalyzer test following the accident.