Recent spike in pedestrian fatalities an anomaly: Police

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)
Recent spike in pedestrian fatalities an anomaly: Police

Police are calling it an “alarming anomaly.”
Five pedestrians struck and killed in five separate collisions in less than three weeks in our region.
While there is no direct relationship between any of the collisions, police are reminding both pedestrians and motorists to practice caution.
Mark Giunta reports.

A 73-year-old woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on Lansdowne Street East Friday night…
Her death is the latest in a rash of pedestrian fatalities in this area.
Five people are dead in a little less than three weeks.
Two killed last week in Cobourg.
Three others dead in collisions on Lansdowne Street alone.

Sgt. Jeff Chartier – Peterborough Police
“We had zero fatalities last year. This year it’s up 300% but it’s definitely an anomaly and not a trend.”

Police are still investigating all three collisions in the city.
They say, at this point, there are no real similarities in any of the collisions.
And while deaths are up, pedestrian injuries, this year, are down by nearly 8 percent.

“The fact that injuries are down speaks to pedestrians being safer when on the roads when they are crossing, as well as motorists being safer when operating their vehicles on the highways.”

Peterborough Police remind pedestrians to try and use crosswalks at controlled intersections…
They’re asking motorists and pedestrians to pay attention to their surroundings at all times.

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