Iqaluit teen struck by vehicle
City councillor calls for painted crosswalks
The debate over pedestrian safety in Iqaluit continues after a teenager was involved in an incident Wednesday afternoon near Arctic Ventures Marketplace.
Police say the 14-year old boy may have been running and accidently ran into the vehicle.
The boy suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital where he was treated and released.
RCMP say no charges will be laid.
This was the second traffic accident involving children in the area in the last few weeks.
At the end of July, four-year old Tyler Qaqqasiq was killed after being hit by a truck near the four corners intersection near the grocery story. The police investigation is continuing in that case.
At Tuesday’s city council meeting, councillor Joanasie Akumalik called for better-marked crosswalks in the city.
"If you're down south, you could see paint, yellow paint or white paint or whatever colour, when you're crossing the street, whether it be a stop sign or yield or go slow or school area," he said.
Akumalik wants the city and public works to immediately paint busy crossings such as the ones in the area where the accident happened, including the crosswalks by the medical boarding home and by NorthMart.
In May, the city's Engineering and Public Works committee recommended building real sidewalks to replace the current boulders and posts that separate pedestrians from traffic.