A 15-year-old was taken to hospital on Nov. 5, after being hit by an SUV in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

A 15-year-old was taken to hospital on Nov. 5, after being hit by an SUV in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

UPDATE: Maple Ridge man who hit 15-year-old pedestrian is cooperating with police

The teenage boy was taken to hospital Nov. 5, with serious injuries

The driver who hit a 15-year-old boy on Friday is cooperating with police.

At around 8 a.m. on Nov. 5 a teenage boy was taken to hospital after being hit while using a crosswalk in Maple Ridge.

The pedestrian was crossing Laity Street from 121 Avenue when he was hit, explained Sgt. Lyndsay Irwin with the Ridge Meadows RCMP, and he was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Three people in the SUV were uninjured in the crash, she said.

Including the 43-year-old Maple Ridge man who was behind the wheel and stayed on scene, confirmed Ridge Meadows RCMP Const. Julie Klaussner.

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BC Emergency Health Services confirmed two paramedic units responded to the scene and transported one patient to hospital in serious condition.

The Integrated Collision Analysis Reconstruction Services attended the scene to assist with the investigation.

“It is pedestrian safety month, and we are entering the time of year where a large number of pedestrian crashes occur,” noted Const. Klaussner. “Whether we are the pedestrian or a driver we call all do our part to ensure we make it to our destinations safely.”

ICBC Tips for drivers:

· Focus on the road. Always leave your phone alone while driving.

· Be ready to yield to pedestrians, especially when turning at intersections and near transit stops.

· If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding for a pedestrian.

· Expect the unexpected, even mid-block, as pedestrians may not be using a crosswalk.

· Drive relative to the road conditions, if the road conditions or visibility are poor allow yourself more time to stop by slowing down.

ICBC Tips for Pedestrians:

· Make eye contact with drivers, as it is hard to see pedestrians when visibility is poor in fall and winter.

· Be careful at intersections. Watch for drivers turning left or right through the crosswalk. Drivers may be focused on oncoming traffic and not see you.

· Always cross at designated crosswalks and follow pedestrian signs and traffic signals.

· Remove your headphones and take a break from your phone while crossing the road.

· Be as reflective as possible to make it easier for drivers to see you in wet weather, dark clothing makes it extremely difficult for drivers to see you at dusk and at night.

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