A roadside memorial is seen at right at the spot where a 35-year-old Winlaw woman was struck and killed this summer on Highway 6.

Lights not the solution in Slocan tragedies, director says

Slocan Valley’s regional director says the onus is on individuals to prevent tragedies like the ones that claimed two lives on Highway 6.

The Slocan Valley’s regional district director says the onus is on drivers and pedestrians to prevent tragedies like the ones that claimed the lives of two residents on Highway 6 this year.

“When you’re walking our roads, especially at night, have a flashlight and wear high-visibility clothing,” Walter Popoff told 103.5 The Bridge. “My suggestion to motorists is be aware of the circumstances around you.”

Last week a 22-year-old Winlaw man was struck and killed by a jeep in the 6600 block at Appedale. According to police, he was hitchhiking at the time. The driver was unable to avoid the man, whose name hasn’t been released.

In August, a 35-year-old woman was struck and killed by a semi-trailer in the 5900 block at Winlaw.

Popoff says aside from the fact both tragedies occurred on the same highway at night the circumstances were quite different. One was in a high-density area with a reduced speed limit, whereas the other was on a straight stretch.

Although neither area is well lit, Popoff doesn’t think street lighting is a practical solution.

“If we could have street lights along our rural roads that would be great, but it’s not feasible,” he said. “We’d basically have to light up the whole highway and I don’t think Fortis would accommodate that.”

Popoff said he isn’t sure there is anything inherently dangerous about the places where the two fatalities occurred and suggested they could just as easily have happened “on the North Shore, in Thrums … it’s not really area-specific.”

Popoff added that he often drives Highway 6 to evening meetings in Silverton and New Denver, and motorists have to watch for deer and elk in addition to pedestrians.

Just Posted

Caribou panel hears from critical public

About 250 people turned out Wednesday evening to give feedback on the provincial government’s caribou recovery plans.

Seven West Kootenay projects receive over $1.7 million in provincial funding

The RDCK, Civic Theatre and Touchstones Museum are among the recipients

LETTER: Backyard hens an eggcellent idea

From readers Abby Wilson and Andrew Woodward

Stephanie Fischer awarded the Medal of Good Citizenship

Fischer was recognized for her volunteer work in Nelson

VIDEO: Robot rumble at Selkirk College

Kids from all around the Kootenays competed in the 7th annual RobotGames Saturday

4 victims killed in Penticton shooting spree remembered at vigil

John Brittain, 68, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder

B.C. awaits Kenney’s ‘turn off taps,’ threat; Quebec rejects Alberta pipelines

B.C. Premier John Horgan said he spoke with Kenney Wednesday and the tone was cordial

Federal government extends deadline to make Trans Mountain decision to June 18

The National Energy Board endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline on Feb. 22

Prince George sweeps to first-ever BC Hockey League crown

Spruce Kings beat Vernon Vipers 3-1 in the Okanagan Wednesday for 13th straight playoff win

Hwang’s first MLS goal lifts Whitecaps to 1-0 win over LAFC

Vancouver picks up first victory of season

Child-proof your windows ahead of warm weather: B.C. expert

Fifteen children were taken to BC Children’s Hospital for falls in 2018

B.C. trucker pleads guilty to lesser charges in fatal Manitoba crash

Gurjant Singh was fined $3,000 and given a one-year driving prohibition.

Study links preschool screen time to behavioural and attention problems

The research looked at more than 2,400 families

Most Read