Elderly man hospitalized after hit and run in Halifax area
Published Tuesday, January 15, 2013 2:18PM AST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:00PM AST
A Nova Scotia family is pleading for someone to come forward with information after an elderly couple was struck in a hit-and-run incident in Brookside.
Members of the Tantallon RCMP responded to a complaint that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Lakewood Drive, near Club Road shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday.
They say a man and a woman in their sixties were walking single file along the shoulder of the road when they were struck by the vehicle.
“It looks like some vehicle struck the two, but did not stick around, so we are investigating what is known as a hit and run,” says Halifax RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae.
Gerald Pippy was knocked to the ground and suffered a serious head injury, as well as a broken ankle and leg. He remains in hospital but is expected to recover.
Joan Pippy was also taken to hospital but walked away with only minor bumps and bruises.
Police say they were both wearing reflective safety vests.
The victims’ family released the following statement to CTV News:
“My mother and father have lived and walked in the same community for approximately 45 years. They always wear the same reflective vests to ensure visibility to traffic, never thinking that they may be struck by a car, because they take safety seriously.
If anyone in the community has any information about the incident that would help us bring this person or persons to justice, please contact the police.”
Don Edwards walks along the same street in Brookside each day. He says he has had a few close calls with speeding cars.
“To me it was inevitable. The speeding that goes on in this neighbourhood, for whatever reason, is indescribable to me,” says Edwards.
He would like to see the speed limit lowered in the area and believes there should be a designated section for walkers on the road.
“I’ve had a few close calls myself up here on the corner where I’m walking the dog, and cars come whipping around the corner, so it’s scary.”
Police don’t believe road conditions played a factor in the collision.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Alyse Hand