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Woman urges caution for drivers, pedestrians
A Terrace woman struck by a car while crossing the street late last year is warning drivers to be more aware of pedestrians.
On Boxing Day 2011 Judith Haizimsque was struck while crossing Pear St., fracturing an ankle in two places.
The vehicle had come to a stop to let her cross, only to start up and run into her as she was mid-way across the street.
“I believe it was an accident, I don't think he (the driver) did it on purpose,” Haizimsque said.
She believes the driver had been leaning forward to wipe his windshield, when his foot slipped, hitting the gas and propelling the vehicle forward.
She warns pedestrians to make eye contact with drivers to make sure they are fully acknowledged before crossing the street.
Haizimsque advised people walking to wear bright colours to stay as visible as possible to drivers.
And with spring approaching and more pedestrians on the road Haizimsque said drivers need to be extra vigilant.
“I would like Terrace and area drivers to stay more alert for pedestrians,” Haizimsque said.
This isn't the first time that Haizimsque has been hit by a car – she was struck in a crosswalk in Prince George 32 years ago.
That time she did not break any bones, but was left with a lot of bruises.
Haizimsque said the experience of being hit by a car is very scary.
“It's devastating, not only for the victim but for the driver also.”
As walking is Haizimsque's only means of transportation her recent accident has hampered her ability to get around.