Halifax crosswalk victim speaks out

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‘It felt like a huge punch to my knee’

By Haley Ryan
Metro Halifax

Miranda Frison and Ifari Fraser, both 17, pose next to the crosswalk on Agricola Street where they were hit last Thursday.

Miranda Frison crosses her arms, hugging her white and blue coat tightly around herself as a light snow fell on the corner of Agricola and Charles streets Monday afternoon.

She says a car hit her left leg on Thursday around 8:30 p.m. as she crossed the north-end street with her boyfriend Ifari Fraser.

“We got about halfway across the intersection when all of a sudden it just bolted,” Frison said, pointing to the spot.

“It felt like a huge punch to my knee.”

Frison and Fraser, both 17, said they had no time to react or finish crossing the road before the car turned left to go north on Agricola.

“I was like ‘Oh, I don’t think they see us. Oh, are they going to slow down? No, they’re not going to slow down. We’re going to get hit,’” said Fraser.

The young man who hit them apologized and made sure they were okay, Frison said, but drove away without leaving any contact information.

After Frison called her parents, she said her mother made her walk to see if anything was broken.

“All of a sudden I got shooting pain up my leg,” Frison said, adding it was still sore on Monday, and doctors had told her it was tissue damage.

Const. Pierre Bourdages of the Halifax Regional Police said they had the report on file but did not know any details. He said an officer would follow up with Frison within a couple days as the incident wasn’t reported to police until Friday.

Frison’s incident on Thursday is the seventh in a string of pedestrians getting hit in marked crosswalks over the past seven days.

“It’s a great concern to have that many,” Bourdages said, urging both pedestrians and drivers to be more aware because the consequences could be “tremendous.”

Frison said she’s hoping drivers pay more attention with slippery winter conditions, but pedestrians also need to make eye contact with any driver before stepping out.

“I’m concerned about people getting hurt in the future,” she said.

Organizations: Halifax Regional Police

Geographic location: Agricola

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