April 6, 2020
Fort McMurray, Alta: On March 27, 2020 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP received a report of a pedestrian struck by an SUV on Confederation Way near Eagle Ridge Gate. The female pedestrian was transported to hospital by ambulance, treated for her injuries, and released.
The pedestrian was crossing towards Eagle Ridge Gate, against a light that had turned red. Two pickup trucks were stopped in the inside lanes, and the SUV was travelling in the outside lane. The trucks blocked the view for the driver of the SUV to see the pedestrian. The light had turned green for traffic travelling east on Confederation Way, the SUV continued in the direction of travel, stopping immediately after striking the pedestrian.
The female driver of the SUV met with RCMP at the scene of the collision, and provided a statement. Drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor, and victim services was offered. Several witnesses were also able to provide Wood Buffalo RCMP statements that assisted in the investigation. In addition to police officers from the General Duty and Traffic Sections, an RCMP collision analyst attended the scene.
Police temporarily rerouted traffic during this investigation and appreciate the public’s patience and cooperation. Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to remind all road users that traffic safety is a shared responsibility between motorists and pedestrians. Police reiterate the importance of sharing the road to ensure your own safety and that of others. Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable users on Alberta roads.
Below are some safety tips to help drivers and pedestrians share the road.
• Make sure to be visible to drivers at all times. Wear lightly coloured or reflective clothing at night and brightly coloured clothing during the day.
• Make eye contact with drivers in stopped and approaching vehicles to ensure they see you before you cross in front of them.
• Phones are a part of everyday life but they distract your attention and eyes from the environment around you. Put your phone away when walking or crossing.
• Don’t wear headphones. Your ears can tell you a lot about what is happening around you.
• Know and follow all traffic rules, signs and signals. Being aware of the rules that vehicles must follow allows you to anticipate what drivers will do.
• Alcohol and drugs impair your decision-making skills, physical reflexes and reduces your ability to respond quickly in traffic situations.
• Look out for pedestrians at all times.
• Always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
• When approaching a crosswalk, reduce your speed and be prepared to stop.
• Alcohol and drugs impair your reaction time, reflexes, decision-making skills, and overall cognitive functions. Getting behind the wheel while impaired puts everyone in danger. Drive sober.
The public is asked to contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4000 if you have any information to report on suspicious activities, or any crimes that you may witness. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash award.
Media Relations Officer
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC