Mission RCMP are asking for help from community members who may have witnessed a collision in which a blue 2007 Honda Accord is believed to have fatally struck a 65–year-old female pedestrian Sunday afternoon, and then left the scene.
Elinor Clark, 65, of Mission was airlifted from the collision site and was pronounced dead at the Royal Columbian Hospital.
The police received a report Dec. 2 at about 4:30 p.m. that a woman had been hit by a car as she walked with her husband on the north side in the 32300 block of 14th Avenue near Caribou Street.
“They were walking side by side, hand in hand, on the paved shoulder and they were going with the traffic. She was on the left and he was on the right,” said Const. Alyn Beerda, municipal traffic services supervisor at the Mission detachment.
According to two witnesses, the Honda and another vehicle were speeding as they headed west on 14th Avenue, he said. One of the vehicles then passed on the right and struck Clark.
The police have the suspect vehicle, a blue 2007 Honda Accord with black winter rims and no wheel covers. However, investigators have not yet identified the driver.
“We’re looking to place someone in the vehicle. We’re hoping we have somebody out there who had seen the vehicle prior [to the collision] and who can give us a description of the driver and how many people were in the vehicle,” said Beerda.
While it was wet and getting dark at that time of the day, it’s too early in the investigation to know if those conditions are factors in the incident, or if alcohol is a factor, he said.
The incident is a reminder to pedestrians to be extra vigilant on the road as the daylight decreases, he added.
“The number of pedestrian-involved crashes in the Lower Mainland are way up. This is a big reminder to visible, to be vigilant. Walk against the flow of traffic, so you can see them coming,” said Beerda.
Mission RCMP officers would like to speak to any witnesses who saw the collision, or saw this car in the minutes leading up to the collision.
Witnesses can call the Mission detachment at 604-826-7161.
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