Calgary dog recovering after being hit by car that didn’t stop

Calgary dog recovering after being hit by car that didn’t stop

Calgary dog in hit and run

Calgary dog in hit and run

A Calgary family is feeling lucky after their family pet was hit by a vehicle and dragged down the street Tuesday.

Bugsey, a two-year-old Doberman cross, was struck while being loaded into her dog walker’s vehicle.

“She was loading Bugsey into the back and a little bit of her tail end was sticking out,” explains owner, Stefani MacKichan.

“A car came ripping around a corner and she got caught under the front left wheel.”

Bugsey’s dog walker, Brenda Mulyk, is still shaken up.

“It clipped her back end and dragged her down,” Mulyk explains. “I saw her laying there under the tire and I thought, ‘Oh my God she’s dead.’”

According to Dimitri Tsoumpas, who witnessed the incident, the driver of the vehicle got out but then drove away without helping Bugsey.

“He stopped and got out to kind of see what had happened,” says Tsoumpas. “I think he might have gotten a clue and popped back in and took off.”

Bugsey suffered deep road rash wounds, a broken leg and needs surgery.

“The basic thing to do is stop and see if you can help,” says MacKichan.

The Calgary Police Service says it tracked down the driver who says he stopped and didn’t see the dog.

According to police the driver also says there was nobody around and that’s why he drove away.

Police also say that there are conflicting reports over whether the dog darted out into traffic.

Tsoumpas is appalled.

“It was unbelievable;you want to see someone take ownership for what happened, I think the negligence is a little bit shocking.”

Meanwhile, the Mackichan family estimates that Bugsey will require thousands of dollars worth of veterinary care to fully recover.

The driver of the vehicle is not being charged.

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Rise in pedestrian deaths sparks call for improved crosswalk safety

Average of three people hit by vehicles every two days

Calgary has a five-year plan aiming to completely eliminate all transportation fatalities and injuries in Calgary. There have already been three pedestrian deaths this year, after nine in 2013.

The deaths of two pedestrians in less than a week — and a steady growth in the number of pedestrian collisions — has reignited calls for improved crosswalk safety in Calgary.

Statistics reveal that an average of three pedestrians are hit by a vehicle in Calgary every two days, and data released by city police show a steady increase in the total number of pedestrian collisions. There were 548 pedestrian collisions in 2013, compared to 537 in 2012 and 511 in 2011.

City data indicates most vehicle collisions involving pedestrians occur from July to December, but with three pedestrian fatalities already in 2014, Calgarians are concerned.

Habib Qureshi said in the past month and a half he’s had three close calls while walking in the same Beltline crosswalk where a woman was struck and killed last week.

“I don’t feel safe walking in Calgary. The drivers are not paying attention,” said Qureshi.

“It’s people rushing through, they don’t see the pedestrians.”

To date in 2014, there have been three pedestrian fatalities and two serious injury pedestrian collisions on city streets.

Vladimir Kaitman, 92, died after he was struck and dragged by a truck reversing out of a driveway while walking near his home in Bowness on Jan. 18.

On Wednesday, police said Jacoba Jean Davidson, 26, of Calgary has been charged with unsafe backing in connection with the fatal collision.

The city’s second pedestrian fatality of 2014 occurred Feb. 13, when Shelly Pauletto was struck and killed while crossing the street at the intersection of 10th Avenue and 5th Street S.W.

Days later, on Feb. 17, 26-year-old Moises Morales was killed when a Honda Accord struck and dragged him in the 4000 block of Centre Street N.

Dilan Ursan, 25, who has previously been convicted of drinking and driving, was charged with hit-and-run causing death in connection to Morales’ death.

In 2011 there were six pedestrian fatalities in Calgary and 11 in 2012. There were nine pedestrian fatalities in 2013, including the death of a woman who was struck by two vehicles. That incident sparked an urgent notice of motion from then alderman Gael MacLeod for a city study to help prevent pedestrian-auto collisions.

The motion resulted in the Calgary Safer Mobility Plan, a five-year plan that has a mission to completely eliminate all transportation fatalities and injuries in Calgary.

Former alderman MacLeod said she’s pleased something has resulted from her March 2013 motion, but said the recent fatalities emphasize that pedestrian safety is still an issue.

“As we become a bigger city and as we try to encourage different modes of transportation, pedestrian safety is going to increase as a priority. It’s part of growing up as a city,” she said.

Alex de Barros, an associate professor at the Schulich School of Engineering, whose expertise is in transportation safety, said that while all municipalities should be striving for zero fatalities, in principle it’s just not achievable.

“As long as you have human pedestrians and human drivers, someone is bound to make a mistake, and every once in awhile there will be a fatality,” de Barros said.

“Humans make mistakes. It is our duty as designers and engineers to design the facilities to be forgiving. It’s our duty to take into account the fact that humans make mistakes.”

Devastated family wonders how driver could flee scene as man dies in road

Devastated family wonders how driver could flee scene as man dies in road

ANNALISE KLINGBEIL, CALGARY HERALD 

The family of a 26-year-old pedestrian who was killed early Monday morning while walking to Tim Hortons is questioning why the driver of the vehicle that hit their son didn’t stay at the scene of the collision.

Moises Morales was rushed to Foothills Hospital in critical condition after a Honda Accord struck and dragged him in the 4000 block of Centre Street N. around 4 a.m. Monday.

Morales succumbed to his injuries in hospital. His death is the second pedestrian fatality in Calgary in five days.

His family believes he had either finished work or was on his way to work and was walking to a nearby Tim Hortons when he was struck.

Moises Morales. (Photo: Family)

“It’s just unbelievable that our son’s life was taken away at such a young age and this guy had the guts to run away … Maybe he could have saved our son’s life by giving first aid or calling the ambulance. We don’t know how long our son was (on the road) before somebody else called the ambulance,” said Morales’ stepfather Harold Chavarria.

The male driver of the vehicle that hit Morales fled the scene but returned approximately four-and-a-half hours later, without the car, to turn himself into police. Charges are pending and on Monday police sought a search warrant to seize the man’s damaged vehicle.

EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux said when crews arrived on scene around 4 a.m. Monday, other motorists were attempting to assist Morales.

Sgt. Colin Foster of the Calgary Police Traffic Section said it is believed Morales was crossing from east to west in an unmarked crosswalk when he was struck by a car travelling northbound on Centre Street.

Instead of spending family day preparing a large meal for her family as planned, Morales’ mom returned to the scene where her son was hit, along with her husband and five of Morales’ six siblings on Monday morning.

Family describe Morales as a workaholic who juggled two jobs and loved to visit the mountains whenever he had a chance.

Morales moved to Canada from Nicaragua when he was four-year-old and he adored the Spanish food of his home country.

He had planned to spend Monday evening enjoying a tasty Spanish meal with his parents and siblings.

Morales’ death comes just days after Shelly Pauletto, a mother of two, was killed while crossing the street outside her Beltline office on a marked crosswalk at the intersection of 10th Avenue and 5th Street S.W. on Thursday.

In the wake of the fatalities, Foster urged local pedestrians and drivers to exercise caution.

Pedestrians should make eye-contact with drivers and ensure vehicles are slowing down for them before crossing and drivers need to be aware that pedestrians are on the road, Foster said.

“Be cognizant of who is on the road, both for pedestrians and drivers,” he said.

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Calgary engineer reveals most dangerous intersections for pedestrians

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After being hit twice by vehicles as he was walking, a Calgary engineer turned 16 years of police data he obtained through freedom of information into a map showing the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians.

Photograph by: Stuart Gradon Stuart Gradon , Calgary Herald

After being hit twice by vehicles as he was walking, a Calgary engineer turned 16 years of police data he obtained through freedom of information into a map showing the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians.

Using a Google Fusion Table, Dustin Jones plotted the total pedestrian collisions from 1996 to 2012 at every single intersection in Calgary in anonline map because he wants to educate pedestrians.

“I’m just hoping that it helps to educate people about where they are potentially at risk when walking,” said Jones, who obtained the data from the Calgary Police Service through Freedom of Information request.

“I have a number of friends who have been hit or seriously injured in accidents. Each of these points on the map is somebody’s story about being in an accident.”

Some of his findings show, for example, that 45 pedestrians were hit by vehicles over the span of 16 years at intersection of 17th Avenue S.W. and 4th Street S.W., a trendy spot near shops and restaurants, the point where 17th Avenue meets Mission.

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Eight of those pedestrians were seriously injured.

On Forest Lawn’s International Avenue, from 26th to 61st Street S.E., more than 150 pedestrian collisions, including 34 at the intersection of 17th Avenue S.E. and 36th Street S.E., took place between 1996 and 2012.

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Near the 39th Avenue LRT Station, at 39th Avenue S.W. and Macleod Trail S, 20 pedestrians have been hit since 1996, including one who died, and three who suffered major injuries.

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Two pedestrian deaths in marked crosswalks in a less than a week earlier this month has prompted calls for improved crosswalk safety in Calgary.

Statistics released by police reveal that an average of three pedestrians are hit by a vehicle in Calgary every two days.

In January, a Calgary senior, who was wearing a safety vest so he would be visible to motorists, was killed while walking near his Bowness home.

Jones’ map uses coloured markers to signify the number of collisions that have occurred on city streets, and clicking on each marker shows how many collisions resulted in death or major, minor, unknown or non-existent injuries.

The map shows no area of the city is exempt from pedestrian collisions.

Jones said he was surprised at just how many Calgarians are hit while walking.

“For every pedestrian fatality that you hear about in the media, there are a large number of major injuries that happen and an even larger number of minor injuries that happen,” Jones said. “We only see the tip of the iceberg in terms of the overall injury picture of what’s happening. The data really shows there’s a much broader amount of injuries happening.”

Coun. Druh Farrell referred to Jones’ collision map last week as she argued in favour of the proposed 1st Street S.E. bike lanes. The plan would protect pedestrians by keeping bicycles off sidewalks, she said.

On Sunday, Farrell said when she first saw Jones’ map, she was “saddened and not surprised.”

“My lack of surprise was what was so sad. (Pedestrian collisions) seem to be considered just a hazard of city life and that response will not help us improve the situation,” she said.

Historically, pedestrian safety hasn’t been a priority in Calgary, said Farrell, referencing the fact that new communities have only recently been required to build sidewalks on both sides of the street as one of many examples.

“It’s something that is an after-thought to many people, including our own transportation department. They’re getting better at it, but it’s slow progress,” she said.

Jones is hopeful Calgarians will use the map he created to advocate for change at the extra troublesome or dangerous intersections in their neighbourhoods.

“It is pretty sad that there are so many injuries happening,” he said.

The intersections with the highest number of total pedestrian collisions (1996-2012) in Calgary are:

* 17th Avenue S.W. and 4th Street S.W.: 45 total pedestrian collisions

* 6455 Macleod Trail S: 41 total pedestrian collisions

* 3625 Shaganappi Trail N.W.: 39 total pedestrian collisions

* 17th Avenue S.E. and 36th Street S.E.: 34 total pedestrian collisions

* 14th Street S.W. and 17th Avenue S.W.: 34 total pedestrian collisions

Here’s the map showing Dustin Jones’ efforts:

Pedestrian killed in southwest Calgary crash

Pedestrian killed in southwest Calgary crash

42nd Avenue S.W. east of Macleod Trail to train tracks remain closed until investigation completed

CBC News Posted: Aug 12, 2013 3:24 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 12, 2013 3:33 PM MT

Calgary police are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in southwest Calgary.

Calgary police are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in southwest Calgary. (Stacee Barton/CBC)

Calgary police say a pedestrian was killed this afternoon in the 4200 block of Macleod Trail southwest.

42nd Ave. and Macleod Trail southwest CalgaryA woman was pinned under a vehicle around 1:50 p.m. MT and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The driver of the vehicle has been taken into custody.

Drivers are being asked to find alternative routes for the rush-hour commute.

Macleod Trail will remain open, but police say 42nd Avenue S.W. east of Macleod Trail to the train tracks will remain closed until the investigation has been completed.

‘He was like an angel’ — Family mourns Calgary boy killed in dirt-bike collision

Contributed by the Nahal familyFamily and friends are mourning the death of 12-year-old Neil Nahal. The Calgary boy was killed when his dirt bike collided with an SUV over the weekend.

He may have only been 12 years old, but Neil Nahal loved to explore and had big aspirations.

“He always said he wanted to be mayor when he grew up,” recalled younger sister Sanna Nahal with a smile. “He had this golden aura — he walked into a room and lit it up. Everyone just gravitated towards him, he had a pure heart.”

“He was like an angel,” added fellow sibling Shawna Nahal, who watched with admiration as her younger brother toured with family through London and Paris a few weeks ago, taking great interest in the European art and architecture he spotted along the way.

But now friends will be left to wonder what could have been, as Neil was struck and killed by a car while aboard his dirt bike Friday just a block from his southwest Calgary home.

On Monday, family and friends alike deemed the corner where Neil was killed in the 1900-block of 10A St. S.W. dangerous, adding it was likely neither he nor the 16-year-old driver of the vehicle that hit him saw each other until it was too late.

Friends and family said Neil’s father Satpal Nahal always made a point of keeping a close watch over his son.

“We were, very, very close,” Satpal said. “He is my only son and my best friend.”

Sister Joti Nahal added, “We have the best dad in the world and we will always remember Neil as our angel.”

Neil’s three sisters and first cousin Sundle Sandhu spent an hour sharing numerous fond memories of him Monday afternoon. Sandhu, specifically, said the youngster always put a smile on her face.

Police have said they don’t expect charges to be laid in relation to the collision.

Neil would have turned 13 in two weeks and begun Grade 8 at nearby Mount Royal Junior High School in September.

Classmates, including Jaslynn Kanwal, set up a makeshift memorial on the fence bordering the school’s playground over the weekend.

“Everyone’s trying to hold up right now,” Kanwal said. “He was just a free-spirited person — he was the most energetic person I know.”

Memorial information

  • Plans are being finalized to hold a memorial in honour of Neil Nahal at Queen’s Park Cemetery, located at 3219, 4th St. NW. Wednesday afternoon.

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Pedestrian killed in southwest Calgary crash

Pedestrian killed in southwest Calgary crash

42nd Avenue S.W. east of Macleod Trail to train tracks remain closed until investigation completed

CBC News Posted: Aug 12, 2013 3:24 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 12, 2013 3:33 PM MT

Calgary police are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in southwest Calgary.

Calgary police are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in southwest Calgary. (Stacee Barton/CBC)

Calgary police say a pedestrian was killed this afternoon in the 4200 block of Macleod Trail southwest.

42nd Ave. and Macleod Trail southwest CalgaryA woman was pinned under a vehicle around 1:50 p.m. MT and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The driver of the vehicle has been taken into custody.

Drivers are being asked to find alternative routes for the rush-hour commute.

Macleod Trail will remain open, but police say 42nd Avenue S.W. east of Macleod Trail to the train tracks will remain closed until the investigation has been completed.