One woman is dead and another woman is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle that was swinging in the opposite lane while walking with a dog on Central Saanich Road.
The 40-year-old women walked north in the 7500 block of Central Saanich Road south of Mt. Newton Cross Road around 7pm when an SUV hit the north, Central Saanich Police Sgt. Paul Brailey said.
One woman was declared dead on the spot and the other woman was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The dog also died.
The police are still investigating why the driver has ended up on the wrong track. It has not yet been determined whether alcohol or speed factors were, Brailey said.
It did not appear that the driver had deliberately hit the women, Brailey said.
"There is no indication that this was anything but an accident," he said, but he added that it was early on in the study.
The police interview four witnesses who either walked into the area or drove the crash.
An ambulance on duty came to the scene seconds after the incident and helped the injured woman to clear her airways and stabilize her spine, Brailey said.
The driver of the SUV, a man from Central Saanich who was probably thirty, had minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital.
The SUV remains on site and will undergo a mechanical inspection.
Crashanalists from the Saanich police collect evidence of the road, which is likely to be closed until Tuesday morning.
The B.C. Coroners Service was on site and is investigating.
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