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Hit and run at Cheam crossing in Agassiz
An Agassiz woman who was struck by a vehicle while crossing on a pedestrian light this week is hoping the driver who hit her will come forward.
Sara Green, 28, was crossing Cheam Avenue, from where she works at Oasis Coffee Bistro to the SuperValu, in order to pick up some supplies for the bistro.
She said the walk light was on so she headed across. A black, smaller-style SUV entered the intersection from Evergreen, turning right onto Cheam.
"She just kept on driving," Green said, ignoring the fact a pedestrian was crossing. The vehicle struck Green in the knee, hard enough to knock her off her feet. The driver, described as an elderly woman with grey hair and glasses, didn't stop. Green moved away quickly to avoid being run over by the vehicle's back tires.
No other drivers stopped to assist Green, and she said she isn't sure if it was witnessed by others.
"It's such a blur," she said.
The incident happened at about 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7. Green was taken to the hospital for x-rays. While nothing is broken, she is limping and heavily bruised.
Despite the injury, she was back at work by Wednesday on lighter duties as advised by a doctor. Green, who was working her first day at the Agassiz coffee shop, said the incident could have been worse had she been walking with her small children, pushing a stroller in front of her.
It's incredible that the driver didn't see her, she added; Green has flourescent pink hair.
Police are also hoping that the driver will come forward, or that witnesses to the incident will report any further details.
Green's employer, Reese Ollmann, said in the two years that she has owned Oasis it has become commonplace to hear honking and screeching tires at that intersection that is just a few feet from her front door.
"That corner is hopping busy, and dangerous," she said. "Four or five times a day we hear squealing tires."
And it's not just from four-wheeled traffic.
"We joke about the big rigs that go around that corner," she said. "They cut it so tight we move back."
Sgt. Stuart Falebrinza would like to remind drivers to be "extra alert for pedestrians," and to call 604-796-2211 with any information regarding the hit and run.