Vancouver police Const. Steve Addison said it happened around 12:30 a.m. Saturday around the area of Hastings Street between Columbia and Jackson streets.
“Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle that struck her did not realize that he had struck the pedestrian,” Addison said.
“It was only after the driver came to a stop at Columbia and Hastings when he realized that this collision had occurred and realized this woman was trapped on his vehicle or under his vehicle.”
The driver, a man from the U.S. in his 30s, was taken into custody but has been released as the investigation continues.
A 24-year-old woman has been identified as the victim in a serious collision this morning in the Downtown Eastside. It's believed she was walking near East Hastings and Jackson Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle and dragged several blocks. The investigation is ongoing.
Hastings Street has a 30 km/h speed limit, but residents and homeless advocates in the Downtown Eastside admit jaywalking is an issue.
“We have seen on occasion some of our guests or people in the community with a near miss,” Jeremy Hunka with the Union Gospel Mission said, “and occasionally we do see pedestrian-involved incidents along this corridor.”
A woman who identified herself as Tina lives near the intersection where the driver came to a stop, and says it’s the third time she knows of someone getting hit in the area in the last month and a half.
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“There’s a million people out there,” she said. “You’d think somebody would have run after the guy or yelled or something.”
Police placed evidence markers at the scene and could be seen focusing their attention on a white commercial van that was towing a small trailer. (CTV)
Hunka said he and the rest of the Downtown Eastside community is shocked by the incident and are hoping the woman recovers.
“The initial reaction is heartbreak and horror,” he said. “Just sounds horrifying that this could happen and heartbroken for this woman.”
Police are asking anyone with dashcam video or any other potential witnesses to call Vancouver police.
A woman was struck by a vehicle while walking near East Hastings and Jackson Street around 12:30 Saturday morning. RICHARD LAM / PNG
A woman is in hospital with serious injuries after she was struck by a vehicle and dragged several blocks early Saturday morning in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Vancouver police say the incident happened around 12:30 a.m. on East Hastings Street near Jackson Street. The woman, a 24-year-old who has not been identified, is believed to have been walking near East Hastings and Jackson Avenue when she was was struck by a van pulling a trailer and then became trapped under the vehicle.
The driver, who police say was unaware that he had hit someone, continued to drive four blocks to Columbia Street, about 600 metres, before coming to a stop.
“When the driver came to a stop, he then realized the woman had been struck and dragged, VPD spokesman Sgt. Steve Addison said in an email statement.
Addison said the female pedestrian, who has not been identified, suffered serious and life-threatening injuries.
The driver, a man in his 30s, was taken into custody and then released pending a further investigation.
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