Woman hit in Centre Street crosswalk dies, marking third such death in 2 years

A 66-year-old woman has died in hospital after she was hit in a crosswalk by a senior driver on Centre Street on Monday evening.

71-year-old driver co-operating with police after hitting 66-year-old woman as she tried to cross road

A pedestrian crosses Centre Street on Tuesday afternoon at the crosswalk where a woman was killed less than 24 hours earlier. (Jennifer Lee/CBC)

A woman has died in hospital after she was hit in a crosswalk by a 71-year-old driver on Centre Street on Monday evening. 

Emergency crews were called to the 1800 block of Centre Street North and found the 66-year-old woman with multiple traumatic injuries, including head trauma, according to paramedics.

She was taken to Foothills hospital, where she later died.

Police said the driver was travelling southbound along Centre Street in a 1989 Ford Crown Victoria at about 6:40 p.m. on Monday when he struck the woman as she attempted to cross the road.

Police determined the crossing lights were working properly and the victim was crossing in the crosswalk.

The driver remained at the scene and has been co-operative with investigators.

Police don't believe speed or alcohol to be factors in this collision.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the police traffic section at 403-567-4000, or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

Previous pedestrian deaths

This marks the third time a pedestrian has been killed on Centre Street North in the past two years.

Last July, 33-year-old Farida Abdurahman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as she crossed the street in a crosswalk near 43rd Avenue.

And in February 2014, 26-year-old Moises Morales was killed on Centre Street North near 40th Avenue, also by a hit-and-run driver.

The woman's death is the first pedestrian fatality in Calgary of 2016.

There were seven pedestrians killed on city streets last year, according to police, and seven killed in 2014.

A total of 10 pedestrians were killed in 2013, the same total as 2012.

In 2014, the last full year for which police could provide data, there were 456 collisions on city streets resulting in injured pedestrians.

On Tuesday, two pedestrians were hit but both were conscious and breathing when emergency crews arrived.

One pedestrian was hit in Palliser in the city's southwest, while the other was involved in a hit-and-run in Dalhousie in the city's northwest. 

A cross was put up at the scene of fatal hit-and-run death on Centre Street North in July 2015. Farida Abdurahman, 33, was struck by a car as she crossed Centre Street North near 43rd Avenue in Highland Park. (Colleen Underwood/CBC)


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