Pedestrian seriously injured in crash

Man on life support after being struck by a pickup truck while crossing Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows

Pedestrian seriously injured in crash

A young man is on life support after being struck by a pickup truck while trying to cross a highway in Pitt Meadows.

The 23-year-old from Surrey was hit around midnight on Lougheed Highway just west of Harris Road.

Police believe the man climb over a cement barrier that divides east and west bound traffic, just before he was hit by the truck which was travelling west.

“This is a very tragic event,” said Const. Mike Moore.

“The pedestrian was running across the Lougheed Highway in a very dark area of the road, while it was raining very heavily, making visibility for driving poor.”

Police have determined the driver of the pickup truck was not under the influence of alcohol, and cooperated with the investigation.

Paramedics with the B.C. Ambulance Service rushed the man to hospital where he remains.

Moore also acknowledged Pitt Meadows firefighters and an off-duty nurse who rendered medical aid to the man and helped control traffic at the scene.

Moore said Surrey RCMP have contacted the young man’s family and took them to the hospital to be with him.