UPDATE: May 2016 motor vehicle collision on Algonquin Avenue

UPDATE: May 2016 motor vehicle collision on Algonquin Avenue

This is an update to news releases the North Bay Police Service issued on May 5th and 6th, 2016.

The North Bay Police Service, with the assistance of a technical traffic reconstruction investigator from the Ontario Provincial Police, has concluded its investigation into a May 2016 motor vehicle collision involving two pedestrians who later died of their injuries.

On May 4th, 2016 at approximately 2:14 p.m., an SUV travelling on Algonquin Avenue between Greenwood and Elmwood avenues, struck two pedestrians who were crossing Algonquin. The pedestrians—an 80-year old man and a 74-year old woman, both from Temiscaming, Quebec—were both in serious life-threatening condition at the time of collision. They both later died of their injuries in hospital.

The roadway where the collision took place is relatively flat and consists of five lanes, two northbound, two southbound and one centre left turn lane for both directions. The SUV was travelling northbound in the left through lane. The two pedestrians, who were crossing Algonquin from the east side to the west side, where there is no crosswalk, walked out in front of the SUV.

Investigators did not find any evidence that would lead them to suspect this collision occurred due to driver error, including speeding, distracted driving, or impaired driving. As a result, no charges were laid.

Pedestrian safety tips

Pedestrians are advised to follow these safety tips:

  • Only cross the street at designated crosswalks, traffic lights or intersections.
  • Don’t cross in the middle of a block or between parked cars.
  • Increase a driver’s ability to see you when it’s dark out by carrying a flashlight or wearing reflective clothing.
  • It’s safest to walk on a sidewalk. When there are no sidewalks available, walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic.
  • Pay attention to what’s happening on the road. Avoid distractions such as texting while walking.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross. Giving drivers a wave to say thank you when they have stopped for you is a good way to communicate that you see each other.
  • To ensure your safety, check over your shoulder at intersections for traffic turning into your path of travel and check for drivers turning into and leaving driveways.

When crossing at a traffic light:

  • Wait for traffic to come to a complete stop.
  • Begin to cross at the start of the green light or “Walk” signal.
  • Do not start to cross if you see a flashing “Do Not Walk” symbol or the light turns yellow. If you have already started to cross when these signals come on, complete your crossing in safety.
  • Never cross on a red light.