A Nanaimo intersection's bloodied reputation was made worse on Wednesday morning when an elderly man was struck by a car while he crossed the street.
Emergency crews were alerted to a pedestrian struck by a car at the crosswalk of Boundary Avenue and Dufferin Crescent just after 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
The man was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital - immediately adjacent to the troublesome crosswalk - with what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
An update on his condition was not available by press time.
It was not the first time a pedestrian was hit by a car while crossing the street near Nanaimo's hospital.
A 70-year-old man was killed last November after he was run down while crossing Dufferin Crescent in the dark.
According to ICBC data, four crashes that involved pedestrians near NRGH have been documented since 2008, including three at the intersection of Dufferin and Boundary.
Glenn Cook witnessed the scene unfold on Wednesday morning.
"This fella here hit him, he went right up on the hood of the car, rolled off and hit his head on the pavement," said Cook. "Pretty serious injury. I'm not a doctor, but he had a pretty good cut on his forehead and some hip pain."
Witnesses told police that the pedestrian had the right-of-way and made his way across Dufferin Crescent when he was struck by a left-turning Cadillac.
The driver, who remained at the scene and co-operated with police, said the sun may have prevented him from seeing the man.
Const. Marty Kortas responded to the scene on Wednesday morning.
"There was a pedestrian who was apparently in the right-ofway and did have the walk sign," said Kortas. "It appears the older fellow in the car simply didn't see him."
Kortas described the intersection as a fairly normal but busy, set of traffic lights. He said drivers should take extra caution when approaching intersections and check for pedestrians when executing turns.
People crossing the street should also do a quick shoulder check to ensure the way is safe to cross, he added.
But the intersection at Dufferin and Boundary has gained a reputation among Nanaimo's police as well.
"Actually, I've been to at least three or four (pedestrians struck) here over the years," said Kortas. "I don't see any particular hazards; it's just a high volume intersection.
"Sadly, when you get high volumes, you're going to have more crashes at some point," he said.
ICBC crash maps for the city indicate that as many as 110 collisions involving pedestrians in Nanaimo were reported through 2008-12.
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