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Third Nanaimo pedestrian struck in two weeks

Mounties are currently investigating the third case of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in Nanaimo in less than two weeks.

The most recent accident happened Thursday at about 3:30 p.m. at the Terminal Avenue and Comox Road intersection in downtown Nanaimo when a 59-year-old Nanaimo man crossing Terminal Avenue was hit by a southbound 2005 Honda Civic driven by a 36-year-old man from Duncan.

The victim was unconscious when he was rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Services and traffic analysts closed the road for several hours to investigate the scene. The car was taken for mechanical inspection.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said it appeared the victim would make a full recovery.

“They did a full CT scan and found no broken bones or internal injuries,” O’Brien said. “He stayed in hospital last night and they’re going to release him [Friday] morning.”

It has not been determined if charges will be recommended against the driver, he added.

A 79-year-old woman was sent to Victoria General Hospital in critical condition after she was hit by a car at Estevan Road and Poplar Street Tuesday. Claude Joseph Peter Gauthier, 78, of Nanaimo, died after he was struck by a car on Dufferin Crescent Nov. 23.

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