Laval pedestrian fatally struck by SUV in commercial parking lot

Police say they received a call around 5:15 p.m. for a report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian at the Laval Élysée Plaza in the city's Chomedy district. (Service de police de Laval/Facebook - image credit)
Police say they received a call around 5:15 p.m. for a report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian at the Laval Élysée Plaza in the city's Chomedy district. (Service de police de Laval/Facebook - image credit)

A 76-year-old man died after being struck by an SUV in a commercial parking lot in Laval Thursday evening.

Police say they received a call around 5:15 p.m. for a report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian at the Laval Élysée Plaza in the city's Chomedy district.

A 68-year-old man was attempting to pull into a parking spot when he struck the man, said Erika Landry, a spokesperson for Laval police.

The victim was transported to hospital where he died of his injuries.

The driver met with investigators, but Landry said there does not appear to be a criminal element to the fatal incident.

"It's a very, very sad accident, unfortunately," said Landry.

At least five pedestrians in Laval have been struck and killed by vehicles in as many weeks.

A Laval spokesperson said in a statement that the city "makes the safety of road users on its territory, especially pedestrians, a priority."

All accidents involving pedestrians are investigated "to determine the most appropriate solutions to prevent this type of incident from recurring," Myriam Legault, the spokesperson, said.

Legault said the city has begun implementing traffic calming measures to slow traffic by installing speed cameras and speed bumps.

In 2022 the city installed more than seven kilometres of pedestrian walkways, new bike paths, widened and built new sidewalks and had Laval police officers on bikes patrolling the city's streets, she added.