Date: Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
Victoria, BC – Traffic officers are investigating a collision between a protestor and a vehicle yesterday evening.
Just before 6 p.m. last night, Community Services Division officers, including members of our VicPD Traffic section, were monitoring a protest that was occurring in the 800-block of Blanshard Street. A group of people protesting and carrying placards moved from the sidewalk into the northbound lane of Blanshard Street. That section of roadway is at the top of a hill at a low-visibility corner.
At that time, one of the protestors made contact with a vehicle that was travelling northbound at low speed.
Officers interviewed the driver of the vehicle, the person struck, and nearby witnesses. Officers offered an ambulance to the person struck, which they initially declined. A short time later, at the suggestion of those nearby, the person requested an ambulance and was transported to hospital for medical evaluation.
There was no visible damage to the vehicle involved. There were no arrests.
This incident remains under investigation.
At this time investigators have no indication that the driver of the vehicle intentionally struck the person who moved into the roadway. Additionally, investigators are not currently aware of conflict between the parties before the collision.
If you have information about this incident and have not yet spoken to officers, please call our Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1.