The first knock came shortly after 1 p.m on Thursday afternoon. Although Bryna Boisvert had not heard anything unusual happen, a witness reported they had watched a female driver in a small silver car with many bumper stickers crash through the fence surrounding her home located across from the Bethany Senior Care Centre on 47 Ave.
A second witness reported they had been crossing the street and the vehicle did not see them. Having been driving what seemed to the witness to be ‘a little too fast’, the driver of the vehicle opted to not hit the pedestrian and instead swerved to the right and blew right through Boisvert’s fence. The driver proceeded to reverse and flee the scene.
“I’m a pretty easy going person, had they come to my door and explained what happened I would have been much less upset but the fact they took off really upsets me,” said Boisvert during an interview with Sylvan Lake News. “The intersection is terrible – people park on both sides and it is very hard to see pedestrians – I’ve heard a lot of brakes go on there over the ten years I’ve lived here. Flashing lights would be a huge help at that intersection.”
“Ultimately I’m just thankful that the pedestrian wasn’t hurt and that my children weren’t playing behind the fence.”
Attending officer for the Sylvan Lake RCMP stated the biggest issue on 47 Ave. is speed, acknowledging pedestrians must take some responsibility on the road and ensure drivers see them.
“The investigation is ongoing and it’s difficult to say what will be happen but it would mostly be a ticket for fleeing the scene of an accident,” said Const. Fisher. ‘The biggest thing if you see something like this happen is to try to grab a license plate number. In this instance there was no license plate noted but due to the damage on the vehicle we were able to locate it. Currently we have located the vehicle but not the driver.”