Vehicle strikes, kills woman in blizzard

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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 -51 C.

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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Michele LeTourneau first arrived at NNSL's headquarters in Yellowknife in1998, with a BA honours in Theatre. For four years she documented the arts across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Following a very short stint as a communications officer with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Michele spent a decade at a community-based environmental monitoring board in the mining industry, where she worked with Inuit, Chipewyan, Tlicho, Yellowknives Dene and Metis elders to help develop traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit contributions for monitoring and management plans. She rejoined NNSL and moved to Iqaluit in May 2014 to write for Nunavut News. Michele has received a dozen awards for her work with NNSL.