Two Surrey kids were hit by cars on their way to school Friday by drivers who said they were blinded by the sunlight.
At 8:15 a.m. at 82 Avenue and 120 Street, a 14 year old was crossing at the crosswalk when a car hit him.
The driver was waiting for kids to cross, but he said the bright sun impeded his vision, so he was unable to see the boy.
The boy was taken to hospital and released.
Then at 8:30 a.m., a 13-year-old boy was crossing 64 Avenue at 132 Street, at a marked crosswalk.
Again, a driver apparently blinded by the sun, ran over the boy’s foot, leaving him trapped under the car. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The accidents come just days after police issued a reminder to Surrey residents to be extra careful on roads as kids return to school.
“Surrey is the largest school district in the province and we have thousands of students taking various modes of transportation to their school each day,” said Surrey RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger. “It’s very important to ensure they are safe and that drivers are aware of the reduced speed limits.”
Statistics have shown that during the first week of school, two children in British Columbia will die as a result of injury. The most frequently reported child pedestrian activity that results in injury or death is crossing at an intersection followed by running onto the road.
For more information on back to school road safety please visit the Road Safety section of our website.