Drivers in British Columbia are expected to be equipped to navigate their vehicles safely, regardless of weather conditions. This does not only apply to winter weather conditions but also when driving into the bright sun. A pedestrian accident that seems to be blamed on the sun caused the death of a young woman in a crosswalk in Surrey in the early morning of June 22.
Reportedly, the 21-year-old woman was walking to work, where she is an educator of young children, when she entered the crosswalk not far from her destination. This was where she was struck by an eastbound car. The pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries to which she succumbed six days later.
The employer of the deceased woman says the young teacher had previously commented on the danger of crossing that particular intersection. She apparently stated that she felt invisible in that crosswalk. Sadly, that seems to have been the case because official say the blinding effect of the sun will be considered in the ongoing investigation of this fatal accident.
Law enforcement reported that the driver did not leave the scene of the pedestrian accident and was working with the police in the investigation. However, regardless of whether the driver is criminally charged, the surviving family members will be entitled to pursue financial relief through the British Columbia civil justice system. If negligence can be established in a wrongful death lawsuit, the court will adjudicate documented claims for financial and emotional damages. The costs of end-of-life arrangements may be claimed, along with future loss of income and emotional damages to loved ones such as loss of companionship.
Source: vancouversun.com, “Surrey pedestrian killed had complained about feeling ‘invisible’ in crosswalk before“, Tom Zytaruk, June 29, 2017