RCMP officers investigate the scene of an accident in which an elderly man driving an electric scooter was struck by a westbound pickup truck on Highway 33 Wednesday morning. The man was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with serious injuries.
Police say westbound traffic had stopped for the man as he rolled across the roadway at Bryden Road about noon Wednesday. The driver of a GMC Sierra was travelling in the curb lane and failed to see the man before he crossed in front of him, say police.
"It appears the driver didn't see the scooter coming. It sounds like other vehicles stopped and unfortunately the scooter wasn't in the
driver's line of sight," said RCMP Const. Lane, who didn't give his first name.
Paramedics took the man to Kelowna General Hospital in an ambulance with lights flashing.
The extent of his injuries were unclear.
The impact knocked the seat of the four-wheeled scooter askew and tore off a rain cover.
Someone draped the man's cane over the windshield after the crash.
The signal light on the front passenger side of the truck was damaged.
The man was crossing at an uncontrolled intersection without a crosswalk, said Lane.
Officers were taking pictures and analyzing the scene for half an hour after the collision.