New Brunswick

Kingsclear First Nation woman dies after being struck by pickup truck

The day after the accident, N.B.'s Justice and Public Safety department issued a release saying a 27 year old woman who was under custody with the provincial correctional system, but had received an early release had been killed in a car-pedestrian accident. They identified that woman at Alisha Paul.

A pickup truck hit the woman as she was attempting to cross Route 102 on Friday, RCMP said

A 27-year-old woman from Kingsclear First Nation has died after being struck by a pickup truck as she was attempting to cross the highway, said RCMP Cpl. Jean-Francois Martel.

Firefighters, paramedics and the RCMP's Keswick detachment responded to the collision on Route 102 around 9:45 p.m. on Friday.

The woman was found "unresponsive and unconscious," Martel said Saturday morning. The victim was given CPR and first aid, but died at the scene as a result of her injuries, he said.

Speed, alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in the collision, Martel said. A man in his 50s was the driver of the truck. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle, he said.

Inmate killed after release

RCMP would not confirm the identity of the woman. But, New Brunswick's Justice and Public Safety department issued a release on Saturday saying that 27 year old Alisha Paul was killed in a car- pedestrian collision on September 7.

In a news release, the department said Paul was an inmate "under custody" with the provincial correctional system who had been given an early release.

The department said the crash happened after that release.

Paul's sentence would have expired 12 a.m. Saturday.

No crosswalk, lights

The particular area where the woman was crossing is part of the "old Trans-Canada highway" and is quite dark at that time of night, Martel said.

"There's a big convenience store, gas station where the occurrence occurred so it would be common for people from time to time to cross the road to go to the convenience store," he said.

"There's no street lights in the area. There's no crosswalk either."

Police are continuing to investigate the fatal collision and no charges have been laid at this time. The department of Justice and Public Safety said that "as with all deaths of a person in custody, this will also be investigated by Coroner Services."