Halifax Regional Police is investigating a vehicle/pedestrian collision involving a police cruiser that occurred in Halifax this morning.
At 6:38 a.m., a male officer driving a marked police cruiser was exiting the parking lot of Tim Horton’s located at 200 Bedford Highway, when he struck a pedestrian. The officer driving the cruiser was attempting to turn right onto the Bedford Highway towards Halifax and the female pedestrian was proceeding north on the sidewalk towards Bedford when the collision occurred.
A senior police supervisor was assigned this investigation and met with the officer and the pedestrian later this morning. From the investigation, it was determined that the officer stopped at the end of the parking lot and after looking to the right and then to the left, waited for a break in traffic before entering the roadway. The pedestrian observed the police cruiser stopped at the end of the parking lot and attempted to get the attention of the officer. The officer did not see her and moved forward, striking the pedestrian who sustained minor injuries to one of her hands. The officer immediately stopped the police cruiser and assisted the pedestrian. After providing her information, the pedestrian requested to leave the area and was later met by the supervisor who took a written statement from her.
As a result of the investigation, no charges will be laid as there were no violations of the Motor Vehicle Act. It, however, serves as a reminder that both drivers and pedestrians have a shared responsibility in road safety and that such a collision can happen to anyone, police officers included. Please remember to slow down, pay attention and adjust your driving for the conditions.