Concern after three separate collisions in Waterloo Region
Published Monday, September 10, 2012 12:03PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, September 10, 2012 5:26PM EDT
It was a dangerous morning for cyclists and pedestrians, after separate collisions with vehicles injured three people.
The first crash happened shortly before 5 a.m. when a female out jogging was hit by a vehicle on Eagle Street in Cambridge that then fled the scene.
The 38-year-old woman was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Waterloo Regional police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel says “We believe she ended up with one of her legs broken, so fairly significant injuries from that standpoint.”
Police continue to investigate but say they don’t have a description of the vehicle at this time.
The second incident happened around 8 a.m. on Westheights Drive in Kitchener when a 12-year-old boy riding his bike was struck.
He was checked by paramedics at the scene as a precaution and then released to his family. Police say no charges are being laid.
A third collision happened near Manser Road and Line 86 west of Elmira around 10 a.m. also involving a bicycle.
A 14-year-old riding his bike, apparently moved abruptly, causing a Toyota van to swerve behind him and a vehicle behind the van also swerved and then struck the van.
Minor injuries were reported and no charges have been laid.
Police say it’s a misconception that most collisions happen when visibility and weather conditions are poor. It’s actually the other way around.
“People sometimes tend to drive more aggressively when the weather is nice because they believe they have better stopping distances and so on,” Heinzel says.
While these incidents can be common, the number of occurrences over the last few days is a reminder for people to think about safety.
A University of Waterloo student hit by a bus on Friday was seriously injured and continues to recover after being transferred to a Hamilton hospital.