Halifax police looking for witnesses in fatal accident involving woman in Dartmouth crosswalk

Haley Ryan jhoegg@kingscountynews.ca
Published on May 7, 2014

A note is left with some flowers at the corner of Thistle Street and Victoria Avenue in Dartmouth.                

©Jeff Harper - Metro Halifax


Police are hoping to speak to witnesses who were at the site of a fatal pedestrian collision on May 3 to help determine what exactly happened.

Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said they are looking to speak to up to five people who drove through the intersection of Thistle Street and Victoria Road in Dartmouth around 11 a.m., just before the collision happened.

The victim, who uses a three-wheeled scooter as her mode of transportation, was crossing the intersection when a 50-year-old man hit her with his truck.

“We’re interested as to what they may have seen in the moment prior to the collision,” said Bourdages on Tuesday.

The pickup was attempting to make a left hand turn, and hit the woman while she was in the crosswalk, police say.

She was taken to the QEII hospital with life threatening injuries, and died about six hours later.

A note on some flowers left at the site identified the victim as Judy MacIsaac-Davis.

Bourdages said a witness at the scene told police up to five cars took the same path as the pick-up truck right before the incident.

No charges have been laid, and Bourdages said police are trying to get a “clear picture” as to exactly what happened.

“Where was the pedestrian, direction of travel, all that information,” he said.

Those who witnessed the collision but have not yet spoken with police are also asked to come forward.

Bourdages said there have been 79 pedestrians hit in crosswalks as of Tuesday afternoon. He reminded both pedestrians and drivers that avoiding accidents is a “shared responsibility.”

“We all have our thing to do in making pedestrians safer because ultimately they have everything to lose,” he said.

This is the first death involving a person being hit in a HRM crosswalk since November, 2012.