Changes to Burnaby crosswalk were 'under review' before string of collisions: city

A Burnaby crosswalk was under review before three pedestrians were struck there in a span of two weeks — one of them fatally.

Now, the crosswalk has undergone some major renovations.

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Amancio Hernandez was crossing the street on Cariboo Rd. when he was hit by a vehicle on Jan. 20. The driver fled the scene.

Hernandez was seriously injured, but he survived.

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But a 15-year-old international student who was hit in the same spot three days earlier didn’t survive.

She was taken to hospital and died of her injuries.

The City of Burnaby received five complaints about this crosswalk in 2017, but Doug Louie with transportation services said they were still reviewing the area when the incidents took place.

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“We were going to see what else we could do about people’s safety, and it was scheduled for this year,” he said.

Now, a pedestrian-controlled crosswalk is set to be up and running by the end of the week.

Louie said the recent string of dangerous collisions made a difference.

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“In the past five years, we determined there was only three crashes at this intersection and there was no fatalities or even injuries,” he said.

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