Teen struck by car in downtown Nanaimo

Seventeen-year-old youth in Victoria hospital after being struck by car in Nanaimo.

A 17-year-old youth was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital Thursday night after he was struck by a car in downtown Nanaimo.

The accident happened about 11:30 p.m.

Police said their initial investigation leads them to believe the youth crossed against a “do not walk” light at Terminal Avenue and Comox Road and was hit by a car driving through the intersection on a green light.

The youth was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital where he was stabilized before being flown by air ambulance to Victoria.

He underwent surgery for a broken femur Thursday, but also suffered other internal injuries and head trauma.

Traffic was rerouted around the intersection while police conducted their investigation.

Const. Sue Phillips, Nanaimo RCMP spokeswoman, said speed and alcohol were not factors in the accident and no charges against the driver, who was not injured, are being contemplated.