2020-12-23

Local Briefs

by KEITH CORCORAN

Blockhouse woman struck by vehicle backing out of driveway

A Lunenburg County woman in her fifties sustained injuries which police don't consider serious after a van reversing from a driveway struck her.

First responders, including paramedics and volunteer firefighters, were sent to an Alpine Drive address, on Bridgewater's west side, where the incident involving a Blockhouse resident and a Dodge Caravan occurred just after 5 p.m., December 14.

"The pedestrian was taken to South Shore Regional Hospital for what are believed to be minor injuries," Danny MacPhee, the town's deputy police chief, told LighthouseNOW in an email.

"She was bending over to retrieve her dog when the van backed up from a driveway and struck her," he explained.

No charges are anticipated.

Names linked to last municipal election on town's anti-racism committee

Observers of civic politics may recognize a couple of the names listed on Bridgewater's anti-racism task force.

Francis Kangata, recently elected to town council in the Town of Mahone Bay, and Erin Carr, who ran an unsuccessful campaign in Bridgewater to be a part of that town's local elected government, are among seven people named to the volunteer committee. Kangata is Mahone Bay's deputy mayor.

Ahmed Hussin, Alden Darville, Jan McKenzie, Jennifer Everest, and Patricia Watson were also appointed. The committee members will serve a term ending October 31, 2023.

Town council green-lit the appointments by motion on December 14.

The new panel tackling prejudice and racism was born out of take-a-knee rally against racism, which was held in Bridgewater's downtown in June and organized by Mayor David Mitchell and his family.

The event packed the street and area around a town-owned park, as people knelt in a show of global unity against inequality, racism and police brutality.

Mitchell, who's council's representative on the committee, said the rally was a show of solidarity and a step toward responsibility and repair.

Crash in Centre injures three people

Law enforcement is looking into the circumstances of a December 16 traffic accident near Lunenburg that injured three people.

A Chevrolet Equinox and Volkswagen Jetta were involved in a crash on Highway 3 in Centre, Sgt. Andrew Joyce, a spokesman for the province's RCMP told LighthouseNOW in an email.

A teenage female driver was operating one of the vehicles, and an adult woman was behind the wheel of the other, Joyce said. A teenage male was a passenger in the Jetta. All three sustained injuries, but Joyce didn't have details about the severity or specifics.

Emergency crews, including paramedics, police, and Lunenburg volunteer firefighters, were summoned to Highway 3 just after 9 a.m. following a report of a head-on collision.

A section of the road was temporarily closed to traffic as first responders worked the scene and authorities investigated.

A second head-on vehicle accident was reported during the lunch-hour on the same day as volunteer firefighters from Blockhouse and Oakhill were among responders sent to that scene just before 1 p.m.

There was no immediate information about injuries resulting from that incident, which occurred on Highway 325; however that road was not closed for an extended period of time.

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