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Aldergrove boy hit in lit crosswalk

It could have been a lot worse, say police.

An Aldergrove boy suffered a broken leg after being hit by an SUV in a lit crosswalk on Monday.

Shortly after 3 p.m., the 12-year-old boy was walking his bike and decided to cross the street in the 2800 block of 272 Street. He activated the flashing pedestrian crossing signal and northbound traffic came to a stop, said police.

The boy then hopped onto his bike and rode into the crosswalk.

He was then struck by a southbound Jeep Cherokee operated by an 85-year-old Langley man.

The boy was taken to hospital and treated for his broken leg. The driver wasn't injured by was very shaken by the incident, said police.

Police do not believe speed was a factor in the collision and no violation tickets have been issued as of yet. Police continue their investigation.

Likely, police will consider the charge of failing to yield for a pedestrian for the driver of the Jeep.

"The young boy in this collision was not wearing a helmet but instead chose to carry it in his backpack," said Langely RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks. "Fortunately, he did not sustain any significant head injuries that may have been prevented by wearing a helmet.

"In many instances, the pedestrian has the 'right of way'," advises Marks. "However, ultimately the pedestrian is the one who will suffer huge consequences if struck.  So please, take your time, pay attention and get to where you're going safely.  Drivers may not always stop or obey traffic signals."

Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police to please call Langley RCMP Traffic Section at 604-532-3200.

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