Vehicle strikes, kills woman during blizzard

by Michele LeTourneau- January 10, 2018

A woman, struck by a motor vehicle in Iqaluit Jan. 6, later died from her injuries.

RCMP received the call in the early evening.

“A report of a motor vehicle accident involving a female that had been struck and required medical attention,” according to the news release.

The 28-year-old was taken to Qikiqtani General Hospital, but succumbed to her injuries.

“The file is actively being investigated by the V Division Major Crime Unit and no persons have been apprehended. There is no additional information available at this time,” stated Cst. Danielle Pollock via e-mail Jan. 9.

The Office of the Chief Coroner of Nunavut is also investigating.

When the accident occurred Saturday evening, Iqaluit was deep into a blizzard. City services, such as water delivery, waste removal and garbage pick-up, were first suspended Friday due to extreme cold to ensure workers’ safety. The windchill factor was down to -51C.

Saturday, the city sent out a notice that fire, ambulance and police services would be provided unless it was deemed unsafe and/or impossible to do so.

Residents were also advised “to stay off the roads due to reduced visibility, high winds and unsafe road conditions.”

Nevertheless, people were out in the streets.

“Multiple reports of stuck vehicles all around town: Plateau, downtown, post office, 400s/1600s, old airport road – many vehicles are in the middle of the road – in areas of no to low visibility,” stated Mayor Madeline Redfern on social media early Sunday morning. “Please stay home.”

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