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UPDATE: Police seeking sedan involved in Vernon pedestrian hit-and-run

Person operating a mobility scooter was injured Friday in a crosswalk
Emergency crews on scene at 34th Street in Vernon, where a person on a mobility scooter was struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk Friday, Aug. 11, 2023. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 14, 10:48 a.m.:

Police continue to hunt for the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run collision in downtown Vernon Friday, Aug. 10.

Shortly before 4 p.m., a man in an electric mobility scooter was struck by a vehicle in front of the Mission Boutique. The man had been in the crosswalk at 34th and 28th Avenue when he was hit by a southbound vehicle.

“After hitting the man, the vehicle reversed, went around the injured man and continued on 34th Street,” said Vernon North Okangan RCMP media relations officer Const. Chris Terleski.

“The vehicle was last seen turning westbound onto 27th Avenue.”

Witnesses describe the vehicle as a four-door, black, Lexus sedan that will have obvious front-end damage.

The victim, a 71-year old man, was transported to hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-545-7171 and quote file 2023-14157.


A person riding a mobility scooter was struck by a vehicle in Vernon Friday afternoon.

Emergency personnel are on scene in front of Upper Room Mission on 34th Street, near the intersection of 27th Avenue, where the person was struck in a crosswalk shortly before 4 p.m. Aug. 11.

Paramedics can be seen attending to the person on the ground, waiting for the arrival of an ambulance.

Traffic is being detoured off 34th Street.

The person sustained injuries but the extent of the injuries is unknown.

Police can be seen speaking to witnesses as there is no vehicle around, suggesting the incident may have been a hit and run.

The RCMP and Vernon Fire Rescue Services is on scene, but as of 4:05 p.m. an ambulance has not arrived.

This is the second time a person in a mobility scooter has been hit by a vehicle in the same area in the last two weeks. On Aug. 1 a person driving a mobility scooter survived being hit by a semi truck at the intersection of 25th Avenue and 34th Street, half a block away from Friday’s incident.

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