Two pedestrians — a three-year-old boy and an adult male — are in hospital in Saskatoon with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle while they were crossing a road on Wednesday.   

Some people who live in the Riversdale neighbourhood said it was an accident waiting to happen.

"That particular intersection has been a point of concern for many years," said former Riversdale Community Association member Doug Ramage. "There have been a number of close calls. There's been accidents, there's been a cyclist that was hit there."

The local community association has asked the city for measures to slow down traffic, like pedestrian crossing lights and angle parking.

However, a traffic study reported that nothing was needed, saying there weren't enough people who cross the road. Also, administration told residents that traffic calming measures aren't normally installed on major roadways.

City workers repainted the crosswalk, but residents want to see more done.

"They did decide to upgrade it to a zebra crosswalk at the time, but the concerns were that drivers weren't aware of the crosswalk, or they just didn't care," Ramage said.

Police said the accident happened around 4 p.m. CST at 19th Street and Avenue F S. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt.

According to police, the pedestrians were using a crosswalk at the time.


  • A previous version of this story had the wrong age for the boy. He is three.
    Jun 12, 2014 3:12 PM CT