Several blocks in Oak Bay are closed this morning following a serious crash which resulted in one fatality.
A municipal worker for the District of Oak Bay was struck and killed by a vehicle early on Wednesday morning while working on-site.
The incident occurred on Monterey Avenue between Cranmore Road and Oak Bay Avenue, which are now closed to the public as well as traffic while Oak Bay Police and Saanich Police investigate the scene.
OBPD with the assistance of SPD are currently investigating a serious motor vehicle crash in the 1700 block of Monterey Ave. The road will be closed to all traffic between Cranmore St and Oak Bay Ave for several hours. @DistrictOakBay
— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) May 17, 2023
Just after 8 a.m. Oak Bay Police responded to a serious collision between a speeding SUV and a municipal worker in the 1700-block of Monterey Avenue.
The employee was reportedly a 52-year-old man who was working on the scene in a construction zone inspecting a manhole cover in the green space by Bowker Creek.
According to Oak Bay Police, the driver of the SUV was heading northbound on Monterey Avenue when they went off the road and struck the worker head-on.
The Oak Bay municipal worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The cause of the collision and actions of the driver remain under investigation.
BC Coroners confirmed to Victoria Buzz they’re on scene investigating a fatality near the Oak Bay Fire Department.
Several bus routes have been impacted due to the road closure. BC Transit says the #5 is being detoured but not cancelled.
#YYJ #RiderAlert – Due to an MVI on Monterey, the buses are on the following detour:
5 Willows: from Oak Bay Ave, left Hampshire, right Cranmore, left St. Anne.
5 James Bay: from St. Anne, right Cranmore, left Hampshire, right Oak Bay Ave.
Thanks for your patience!
— BC Transit – Victoria (@victoriatransit) May 17, 2023
The area is expected to be closed for several hours while the incident remains under investigation.
The District of Oak Bay tweeted on Wednesday afternoon their condolences for the family, friends and coworkers who were grieving the sudden loss of a loved one.
The District is devastated to share news of the loss of one of our employees who was tragically killed by a motor vehicle today while on duty. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues. This tremendous loss will be felt throughout the community. pic.twitter.com/e0kjYx9jfn
— District of Oak Bay (@DistrictOakBay) May 17, 2023