Ontario pedestrian struck by motorist while helping a turtle

An Ontario woman from Otonabee-South Monaghan Township was recently injured in an unfortunate pedestrian crash. The 44-year-old woman was trying to help a turtle in the middle of the road when she was struck. The collision happened at approximately 10 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, just outside of Peterborough, Ontario.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police, the victim stopped her vehicle, got out of it and was attempting to save the turtle when a passing car struck her. At this time, no one knows what kind of assistance she was administering to the turtle exactly.

Emergency responders soon arrived at the accident site to tend to the injured woman. They transported her to a hospital in Toronto for further treatment. Police described her injuries as serious; however, it has not been reported that they were life-threatening.

The accident resulted in the road being closed for over five hours as police investigated the crash site. No word on the condition of the turtle has been released following the incident. It is certainly hoped that the woman's actions were not in vain and the turtle survived the crash unscathed.

Generally speaking, pedestrians have the right of way and motor vehicle drivers in Canada are required to make every effort to stop for them and avoid striking them. If it is determined that a motor vehicle driver who strikes a pedestrian was negligent, unlawful or in the wrong relating to an accident that results in injuries, then the pedestrian might have strong claims to pursue against the at-fault driver in order to pay for his or her medical care and other damages stemming from the incident.

Source: Global News, "Ontario woman hit by car after trying to help turtle on road," June 22, 2016

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