Speeding car strikes woman in north Nanaimo

Police say speed and alcohol contribute to crash that sends two to hospital.

Nanaimo RCMP interview witnesses and examine the scene after a driver lost control and struck a pedestrian in a north Nanaimo neighbourhood Wednesday.

Nanaimo RCMP interview witnesses and examine the scene after a driver lost control and struck a pedestrian in a north Nanaimo neighbourhood Wednesday.

Note: Updated with new information on the victim’s condition and charges against the driver.

Speed and alcohol likely contributed to a crash that sent two people to hospital Wednesday.

The crash happened in a quiet residential neighbourhood on the 6000 block of Icarus Drive in north Nanaimo about 12:45 p.m.

Witnesses said two women were standing in the driveway of a home near the intersection of Icarus Drive and Desmond Road talking with a third woman who was out for a walk with her dog.

A black two-door hatchback, driven southbound down Icarus Drive at a high speed, lost control and hit a tree, bushes and other landscaping before striking the woman with the dog.

The other two women dove out of the path of the car and tried to grab theĀ  woman with the dog, but failed to get her clear. The woman was thrown into the air by the impact before landing in some bushes.

The car continued about another 100 metres down Icarus Drive before colliding with another car and hitting a tree and landscaping rocks in the front yard of a home at the McGirr Road intersection.

Witnesses said the victim, in her late 40s, was conscious when she was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

She was treated for minor injuries and released later the same day.

The car’s male driver tried to flee the scene, but was restrained by a retired RCMP officer who happened to be in the area.

The driver was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The driver provided a breath sample and exceeded the legal limit, Nanaimo RCMP said Thursday.

Police will recommend charges of driving while over the legal limit and impaired driving causing bodily harm. The driver was released on a promise to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on April 2, 2012.