(Jane Thomas)

One woman and a dog are dead and another woman is in critical condition after being struck by an SUV in Central Saanich Monday night.

The crash occurred just after 7 p.m. in the 7600-block of Central Saanich Road, near Mount Newton Cross Road.

The driver, a man in his mid-20’s, was also transported to hospital with unknown injuries.

According to Central Saanich police, the vehicle was travelling southbound when it veered across the road striking the women while they walked along the shoulder of the road.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.