Nelson woman recovering from injuries after being hit by speeding vehicle
A Nelson woman is lucky to be alive after being struck by a speeding car early Sunday morning (November 6) in the 600 block of Vernon Street said Nelson Police Department Acting Sergeant Brian Weber in a media release.
Weber said the accident is one of two calls NPD officers are investigating involving pedestrians being struck by vehicles.
“Miraculously, none of the injured pedestrians suffered life-threatening injuries,” Weber explained in the media release.
“As the days get shorter and the driving conditions deteriorate with the coming winter, the woman and men of the Nelson Police Department urge drivers to slow down, be vigilant and drive as if lives depend on your driving abilities.”
Weber said the Saturday night incident involved speed and alcohol.
He said a witnesses reported that after charging through the intersection at Hall Street and striking the mother of two, the driver narrowly missed two other pedestrians before continuing to drive along Vernon Street without slowing.
“Further down Vernon Street two figures were seen fleeing from the vehicle,” Weber said.
“Police and ambulance attended to find a mother of two children injured on the pavement. She was stabilized at the scene and transported to a local hospital.”
Police were able to locate the driver shortly after the incident, arresting the local man.
Weber said alcohol was a contributing factor in this collision.
“The Nelson Police Department are continuing their investigation and are anticipating delivering a report to Crown Counsel recommending numerous serious criminal charges,” Weber said.
“Miraculously, the woman is now at home recovering from her injuries.”
“She is, understandably distressed,” he added.
Elderly man taken to hospital after being struck by vehicle
Nelson Police responded to a call Tuesday (November 8) the corner of Front and Josephine Street that an elderly pedestrian had been involved in an accident with a car.
Police said the man in his 70’s was crossing the busy intersection while a sedan began a left turn from Josephine Street onto Front Street.
“Unfortunately, the driver did not notice the man and his dog,” Weber said.
“As the dog disappeared beneath the car the pedestrian clung to the leash and shouted at the driver to stop.”
Weber said the dog owner was struck next and knocked down with both the man and dog ending up underneath the car.
When emergency staff arrived the pedestrian and dog were up on their feet.
Weber said the man was reluctant to allow the ambulance staff to transport him to the hospital as he could not bear to leave his trusty friend behind.
Officers at the scene were able to convince the man to go to the hospital as they would take custody of and care for his dog.
Weber said the man now knowing that his dog was in good hands, agreed to attend to the hospital for tests.
“The officers took custody of the seven-year old dog and delivered him to the owner’s home as he requested. The male was released from hospital and was at home later that same evening.
Weber said the following day the man was again walking his dog around the city. He attended the Nelson Police Department and met with the officers that had cared for his dog.
“Both were bruised and the dog had a few cuts, but both were surprisingly unscathed for having been through such a harrowing incident.”