Icy windshield leads to pedestrians being hit

A woman who failed to properly clear the ice from the windshield of her car has been charged after three women were struck.

A woman who failed to properly clear the ice from the windshield of her car has been charged after three women were struck in the parking lot of Montana’s Cookhouse late on Friday night, Nov. 18.

The most seriously injured is a Langley woman who was dragged by the vehicle.

Cpl. Holly Marks said that a woman driver left the Boston Pizza parking lot at 19700 Langley Bypass just before midnight, “and had not properly defrosted or scraped the ice from her windshield.”

Police allege that she drove about four blocks to Montana’s where her Kia Sportage struck the three women.

A 35-year-old woman from Surrey received “fairly minor injuries” and did not require hospital treatment, while a 31-year-old from Surrey was hit head on and pushed several feet. She was taken by ambulance to hospital.

The 32-year-old Langley woman was the most seriously injured when she was hit and dragged a short distance, Marks said.

The driver of the Kia, a 42-year-old Langley woman, was issued a ticket for driving without due care and attention.

“Fortunately, in this instance, no one suffered life threatening injuries,” Marks remarked.

“However, the outcome could have been far worse. With the onset of winter weather, it is the responsibility of drivers to ensure their windows are clear prior to proceeding,” she added.

Drivers who neglect to keep their windshields free of ice and snow, and clear condensation from the inside, could be fined $109.

Penalties could be even more severe if a collision occurs, Marks said.

She said pedestrians must also bear some responsibility to obey laws governing their movement on roads or wherever there is vehicular traffic.