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Two traffic incidents in Saanich leave one dead, one seriously injured

The two separate crashes happened within hours of each other
Saanich police are investigating a pair of separate traffic incidents from Friday (Sept. 1) night which left a pedestrian dead and a motorcyclist seriously injured. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police are investigating a pair of separate traffic collisions which left one person dead and one person seriously injured.

In a news release, the Saanich Police Department said a pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver just before 9 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 1) at the intersection of Interurban and Grange roads.

The victim, a 76-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene and was crossing in a marked crosswalk at the time of the collision. Police had originally said the woman was 55 but issued a correction Tuesday morning (Sept. 5).

The driver of the vehicle involved remained on scene.

Investigators are continuing their work, but as of Saturday they had determined speed and impairment are not factors in the incident.

Several hours later, just before 11 p.m., Saanich police responded to a report of a motorcycle crash near Tillicum Road and Gorge Road West.

The 22-year-old rider was rushed to hospital by BC Ambulance with life-threatening injuries, according to another news release.

Preliminary investigation results indicate speed was a factor in this single-vehicle crash which saw the rider lose control and veer off the road.

Anyone with information or video footage of either Friday night incident is asked to contact Saanich police at 250-475-4321.

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