Saanich road comes under scrutiny as girl struck remains in coma
An 11-year-old girl is in a medically induced coma after she was struck by an SUV in a Saanich crosswalk on Wednesday, family members tell CTV News.
The girl was walking in the crosswalk at Ash Road and Torquay Drive on her way to school at around 8:15 a.m. when she was hit by an eastbound SUV.
The force of the impact threw her in front of another vehicle, but investigators are still determining whether that vehicle struck her as well.
Paramedics rushed her to Victoria General Hospital, where she remained Thursday with her parents at her side.
Those who live in the area say Ash Road was under the microscope before the tragedy.
Back at the corner of Torquay and Ash where an 11 Y/O was struck in a crosswalk yesterday. Family says she remains in hospital in a medically induced coma. Neighbourhood pleading with Saanich for increased safety at the intersection. pic.twitter.com/77T0MunHXJ— Chandler Grieve (@CTVNewsChandler) December 21, 2017
The local Gordon Head Community Association says residents recently called for traffic lights or a four-way stop at Ash and Torquay.
"It was an accident waiting to happen," said Chris Poirer-Skelton. "As it stands now, nobody is paying attention to the flashing yellow light. They're just going as quickly as possible down that street."
The group says it even sent an email to District of Saanich staff about the intersection on Sunday – three days prior to the accident.
Saanich officials confirmed they've received a complaint about the stretch of road being prone to blind spots from hanging trees.
The intersection is slated for review in January and neighbours say they hope measures are put in place to slow down drivers trying to bypass the busy Shelbourne corridor.
"They take Ash Road, and they take it at the speed that they would normally take along Shelbourne Street," said Poirer-Skelton. "It wasn't made for a lot of traffic."
The driver of the SUV is cooperating with police and so far, no arrests have been made.
The victim's grandfather told CTV News she'll remain in an induced coma until at least Saturday.
The girl is a Grade 6 student at Arbutus Global Middle School, which is providing counsellors for students who may need support.