Oak Bay senior struck second time in same crosswalk

Police plan safety review of intersection at Cadboro Bay at Thompson Avenue

An Oak Bay senior struck in a crosswalk on Cadboro Bay Road at Thompson Avenue Thursday evening, was hit in that same spot before, prompting police to conduct a safety review for that intersection.

The 85-year-old man was treated for lacerations and bruising and kept in hospital overnight for observation. Cadboro Bay Road was briefly closed. It was mistakenly believed at first that the man sustained head injuries.

No charges will be laid and neither speed or alcohol were factors in the collision.

The driver, a 75-year-old Victoria woman driving a 2003 Toyota 4 Runner, was driving northbound on Cadboro Bay Road when she struck the pedestrian at about 7 p.m.

In November 2012, the man was hit in the same crosswalk, again sustaining minor injuries. This recent accident has prompted Oak Bay police deputy chief Kent Thom to look at whether more can be done to make the intersection safer.

“There is a little meridian or boulevard immediately south of the crosswalk … and we’ve had a couple of vehicles that have mounted that boulevard,” Thom said. “There is already plenty of signage and flashing yellow lights there. Whether it’s adequate, I don’t know.”

Thom said the speed limit changes for northbound traffic on Cadboro Bay Road from 40 to 50 km/h, almost two blocks before the intersection. He wonders if moving that speed limit change to north of the intersection would help.

“It’s just one possible option,” Thom said. “I will be discussing it with Oak Bay engineers.

Thom wasn’t aware of any other recent accidents in that crosswalk.