A 70-year-old female pedestrian was hit and sent to the hospital in "serious condition" on Tuesday afternoon.
Police received a call around 5 p.m. that a pedestrian was hit at the intersection of Buswell Street and Westminster Highway.
According to the Richmond RCMP, the woman was sent to Richmond Hospital and is expected to survive her injuries.
The driver, said the RCMP, remained on scene after the incident.
Alcohol and speed did not appear to be factors in the collision, according to a media statement.
Const. Kenneth Lau, with the Richmond RCMP, said the accident could have been prevented.
“Drivers, please take extra care to anticipate any possible pedestrians, especially in the downtown core,” said Lau.
“Pedestrians, when at all possible, please use marked crosswalks, follow traffic signals, and take extra caution when you cross the road.”
The police collision investigative and analysis teams were at the scene and the area around the intersection was blocked off until late in the evening.
The Richmond RCMP has listed several tips for pedestrians when crossing roads and intersections:
- Be visible for drivers. Do not hide behind poles, bus shelters or anything that can obstruct a driver’s view of you.
- Wear bright or reflective closing at night or low-light conditions.
- Use marked crosswalks in well-lit intersections when possible.
- Obey traffic control signals and do not attempt to cross the road until you have the signal to do so.
- Look both ways before crossing.
- Never assume a driver can see you: confirm by making eye contact with the driver.
- Do not assume cars will stop just because you are crossing or you may have the right of way