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Three drivers involved in fatal pedestrian accidents from 2014 to face charges…

Prince George, BC: The Prince George RCMP has concluded investigations into three separate fatal pedestrian accidents that occurred late 2014…

We go back to October 5, 2014, when emergency crews were called to the scene of a pedestrian accident on 1st Ave near Dominion Street in the city at around 10:40 pm. Officers located two male pedestrians who were injured, both taken to UHNBC for treatment. One of the males later died of injuries sustained in the accident.

Nadia Pierrette Marie Brownson, 40, of Prince George, has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act with Driving without Due Care & Attention and Speed Relative to Traffic Conditions. Brownson is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on November 18, 2015.

On October 9, 2014, RCMP along with PG Fire and BC Ambulance were called to the scene of a double fatal pedestrian accident on 22nd Ave and Nicholson Street. A tractor trailer unit struck two pedestrians crossing 22nd Ave just after 7 am that morning.  A 49 year-old male and a 50 year-old female passed away as a result of the collision.

Robert Vernon Johnson, 77, of Trail, BC, has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act with Driving without Due Care & Attention and Driving without Reasonable Consideration. Johnson is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on November 18, 2015.

Just days before Christmas a fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Winnipeg Street in Prince George. On December 16, 2014, officers arrived to find a 79 year-old Prince George resident had passed away as a result of the incident.

Shaun Raymond Bockus, 35, of Prince George, has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act with Driving without Due Care and Attention. Bockus was scheduled for court today.

To note: The drivers remained at the scene of each accident.

Police say all the fatal accidents occurred at a dark time of day. Once again, daylight hours are quickly diminishing and a driver’s visibility is seriously compromised, particularly when it’s raining and pedestrians are wearing dark clothing. Twilight and sunrise are often the most difficult times for drivers to see because the sun is so low. Please stay safe when traveling on or near our roads.

If you’re a Pedestrian:

  • Make eye contact with approaching drivers and / or cyclists;
  • Use designated crossing points and be sure all lanes of traffic have stopped before stepping out. Just because one driver stops does not mean that others will;
  • Obey traffic signals – only enter the intersection if the pedestrian signal is being displayed and it is safe for you to do so;
  • Walk on the left hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic closest to you;
  • Do not presume that drivers see you – wear bright and reflective clothing at night and early morning;
  • Leave your ear phones behind. Often we hear dangers before we see them;
  • Even if you have the right of way, take the extra time to ensure you are safe. Doing so may save your life.

If you’re a Driver:

  • Make eye contact with pedestrians;
  • Yield to pedestrians that are on the roadway;
  • Watch for pedestrians at intersections, especially when turning;
  • Expect the unexpected – a vehicle stopping in a lane beside you may be yielding to a pedestrian crossing the road; 
  • Obey traffic signals;
  • Speed limits are maximums. Slow down in residential areas where children are known to play;
  • Slow down when approaching crowds or places where pedestrians are known to be.

If you’re a Cyclist:

  • Make eye contact with pedestrians and drivers;
  • Follow all rules of the road – bicycles are vehicles too;
  • Yield to pedestrians;
  • Don’t ride on sidewalks – stay to the right hand side of the roadway or in designated lanes;
  • Have a bicycle bell on your bicycle to warn approaching pedestrians and other road users;
  • Ensure your bicycle is equipped with a working headlight and tail light. Turn them on before it gets dark and turn them off well after it gets light.
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