(Black Press file)

Man struck by car in Mostar Road area in early-morning accident

Nanaimo RCMP investigating with assistance of traffic analyst

A man suffered serious injuries early Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle near Nanaimo North Town Centre.

According to a Nanaimo RCMP press release, the accident, involving a 26-year-old man, occurred at 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Mostar Road and Old Island Highway and closed the intersection for several hours while the investigation was taking place.

Police, fire rescue and paramedics were on scene and based on statements from independent witnesses and the driver, it appears the man was trying to cross the highway against a red light and with no pedestrian walk light, according to the press release.

The man was taken to Nanaimo hospital by paramedics, where he remains. The driver, a 51-year-old woman from Nanaimo, didn’t suffer any injuries and her Dodge Dart was towed away and will receive a mechanical inspection, the release said.

While it is early in the investigation, drugs and alcohol are not considered contributing factors for the driver and Nanaimo police are being assisted by an RCMP traffic analyst.

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