RCMP are investigating after a man in a wheelchair was struck by a truck on Wednesday night in Nanaimo.
The collision occurred around 8 p.m., near the intersection of Railway Avenue and Fifth Street.
The victim was a man in his early 60s who sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to a Vancouver hospital for treatment.
The vehicle that struck the victim was a Ford Ranger–a small model of truck. Following the collision the driver and her passenger remained at the scene to assist and cooperate with investigators.
According to police, witnesses and evidence suggest that the vehicle was headed eastbound on Fifth Street.
Investigators say there is a crest in the road on the vehicle’s path that caused a slight visual impairment at the intersection where the man in the wheelchair was struck.
Both roads that make up the intersection also have no sidewalks and thus, are not wheelchair-friendly.
In addition, the victim was crossing the road at a spot where there was no marked crosswalk.
According to investigators, alcohol or excessive speed were not factors in the collision.
The vehicle involved was impounded and will undergo a mechanical inspection.
Police are also asking for anyone who witnessed the collision, and has not already spoken with investigators, to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.