WARNING: This story includes part of a video showing moments before a man was stabbed in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, which some viewers may find disturbing.
BC’s police watchdog is investigating after a police vehicle crashed into a pedestrian in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside business district, severely injuring him.
BC’s Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the province’s civil police watchdog, said a Vancouver police vehicle hit a male pedestrian in the 100th block of East Hastings Street at about 3 :20 a.m. on Tuesday.
The man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The IIO said Wednesday afternoon that the man was still alive.
Footage from the scene shows a man standing still in the middle of an empty street as a cruiser slams into him.
Vancouver police confirmed the IIO was investigating.
“We trust this investigation to shed light [on] What factors led to the collision, including why the pedestrian was standing motionless in the middle of the road, why the officers couldn’t see the person, the speed of the police vehicle, and other contributing factors,” the statement said.
‘Horrifying and … disturbing’
The Downtown Eastside has long been a danger to pedestrians, but the fact that the crash involved a police vehicle troubled community advocate Dave Hamm with the Regional Drug Users Network. Vancouver area.
“Police have to be alert and aware of what’s going on in the neighborhood,” Hamm told CBC’s On the beach.
Pedestrians wear dark clothing and stand still on the street, but police should be more aware of their surroundings, he said.
“For them involved in this incident, it’s a terrifying and disturbing thing,” he said.
Hamm believes the car may have been going too fast. Over a decade ago, the speed limit along a section of the DTES was reduced to 30 km/h, following a study prepared for the City of Vancouver.
He said there was a need to better enforce traffic rules, especially with so many police already present in the vicinity.
One of the most dangerous intersections in BC
Downtown Eastside is home to some of the most dangerous intersections in the province for pedestrians, according to data from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)BC public auto insurance company.
The deadliest intersection is East Hastings and Main Street, just a few blocks from Tuesday’s crash site.
The neighborhood is a busy area with arterial roads into downtown Vancouver, where the streets are shared by commercial and commuter drivers, as well as unpredictable pedestrian behavior. in a community with high rates of addiction and mental illness.
The IIO says video footage is one of the pieces of evidence gathered so far. Anyone with footage or information regarding the collision is requested contact IIO at 1-855-446-8477.