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Man hit and killed in Port Coquitlam crosswalk

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Coquitlam RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed in a marked crosswalk in Port Coquitlam Tuesday.

Just before 8 p.m., Mounties say a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old Port Coquitlam man hit an 88-year-old Port Coquitlam man on Coast Meridian Road at the intersection of Coquitlam Avenue.

The victim was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

RCMP spokesperson Const. Kristina Biro said the driver is cooperating fully with the Mounties' investigation and, at this point, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the fatal accident.

"Road conditions were awful that night," Biro said in a press release Wednesday. "Even though it's now daylight savings time we're still in rainy winter weather and visibility is a challenge. Pedestrians and drivers have to pay attention and watch out for each other so no more families have to deal with senseless tragedies like this."

Coquitlam Traffic Services and the Integrated Collision and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) are continuing to investigate.

The intersection of Coast Meridian Road and Coquitlam Avenue were reopened Wednesday.

Police are asking anyone who has information or may have witnessed this incident to contact Const. Mike Halewood or Const. Jerod Schell of Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Services at 604-945-1550, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).

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