A few bumps and bruises is all a Stettler pedestrian has to show after being struck by a 2014 Dodge pickup truck on Thursday, June 14, at the intersection of 50 Street and 49 Avenue.
The collision happened about 9:10 a.m. According to Stettler RCMP, the 29-year-old driver, a woman from Fenn, Alta., said she “did not see the pedestrian in the crosswalk until the last second and she was unable to come to a complete stop.”
The RCMP noted that witnesses to the collision jumped into action right away, phoning 911 and offering assistance to the struck individual. When police, EMS and the Stettler Regional Fire Department arrived on scene, good Samaritans were already providing first aid to the Stettler woman.
The driver of the truck remained on scene and was issued a ticket for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. There were no other injuries and police say no further charges pending in the matter.
Van found upside down in river
A report of a van in the Red Deer River sent Stettler RCMP north of Mackenzie Crossing last Wednesday, June 18, where a Volkswagen Routan van was found upside down on its roof in the water.
The side windows of the van were smashed but until the vehicle was pulled from the water it was impossible to tell if people were inside, the police note.
“The passenger compartment was completely submerged,” Sgt. Duncan Babchuk noted. “Both side windows (were) broken and the air bags deployed.”
The van, which was stolen from a residence in Edmonton, was towed from the river by Stettler Auto Works and no one was found inside. Investigation of the scene determined the van was pushed down the 30-foot river bank and into the water, where it rolled onto its roof.
Police continue to investigate.
Man charged in collision
A 32-year-old from Rocky Mountain House is facing charges of failing to stop for a red light and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended licence after he crashed his pick-up truck into a car on Sunday, June 22.
The driver of the car, a 65-year-old man and his passenger, a 72-year-old woman, both from Boyle, Alta., sustained non-life threatening injuries in the collision.
They were treated at Stettler Hospital and then released.
The driver of the truck and his passenger were not injured.