RCMP ID pedestrian killed by truck in Maple Ridge

Police have identified the 40-year-old man who was killed Friday morning when hit by a truck while crossing a street in Maple Ridge.

Steven James Ratfat, 40, was was crossing 128th Avenue at Laity Street, walking north, when he was hit by a Dodge pickup travelling east around 6:30 a.m.

RCMP said Ratfat had no fixed address, but had recently relocated to Maple Ridge.

They believe he was in a marked crosswalk struck by the eastbound truck. At the time, it was raining heavily, and the visibility in this area was poor, with only one overhead light.

The pickup truck, a white Dodge Ram with ladders on the back, had damage to the front hood.

Articles of the man's clothing including shoes, hat and glasses were strewn on the road, circled in red paint for investigative purposes, while the body remained covered in a yellow tarp a while after the collision.

The road is a narrow, heavily used commuter route and there are only stop signs on Laity Street at the intersection, although the crosswalk is painted on the road.

Police are still investigating. No charges have been laid.

“We want to remind pedestrians to keep yourself safe," RCMP Sgt. Dale Somerville said.  "Wear bright, or reflective clothing when walking at night.  Be prepared when crossing roads. Ensure your safety by making sure drivers see you and confirm they’re able to stop to allow you to cross. In a marked crosswalk, pedestrians have the right of way, but there is that much more onus to ensure it is safe to proceed when the weather and visibility is poor.”

• Anyone with more information is asked to call police at 604-463-6251.

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