A portion of Highway 97 near Steuart Street was closed on Monday morning following an accident when a pedestrian crossing the highway was struck by a semi tractor. The 77-year-old Summerland man was taken to hospital and later died from his injuries. The investigation continues.

Pedestrian dies following accident

A pedestrian-vehicle accident on Highway 97 on Monday morning has claimed the life of a 77-year-old Summerland man.

A pedestrian-vehicle accident on Highway 97 on Monday morning has claimed the life of a 77-year-old Summerland man.

The accident occurred at 10:08 a.m. when the man was crossing at an uncontrolled intersection at Highway 97 and Steuart Street. He was struck by a truck travelling south.

The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died from his injuries.

Cst. Kris Clark, a spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District, said a collision reconstructionist attended the scene to conduct a detailed analysis.

The analysis includes a study of the debris, tire markings and position of the vehicle.

The report has not yet been completed.

“It’s a tragic event and we have the unenviable task of trying to determine what actually happened,” he said.

The highway was reopened to traffic later on Monday.

“We’re still waiting for that report and compiling all of the witness statements,” he said.

On Wednesday, the B.C. Coroners Service confirmed the identity of the victim as Gildo Vit, 77, of Summerland.

The B.C. Coroners Service is continuing to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the RCMP South Okanagan Traffic Services at 250-499-2250 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


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