Pedestrian involved in crash near TRU was a university employee

The 54-year-old female pedestrian struck and killed by a truck on Nov. 15 has been identified by friends as Lucy Phua.

Darshan Lindsay, director of executive communications at Thompson Rivers University, says the deceased was an employee at TRU. 

The university's website lists Phua in the academic advising department.

"Our focus at this time is on supporting family members and our employees, and we will not be providing further information," writes Lindsay in an email to KamloopsMatters.

Kamloops Mounties responded to the fatal incident, at McGill Road and University Drive, around 5:29 p.m. Friday evening. Phua was pronounced deceased on scene.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the collision happened in a marked crosswalk at the intersection.

"The victim was crossing in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of McGill Road and University Drive," she tells KamloopsMatters. "The pickup truck was making a lefthand turn on a green light."

The driver of the truck — a man in his 40s, Shelkie says — stayed at the crash site and was brought into the Kamloops RCMP detachment to further the investigation. Police closed nearby roads for several hours to conduct their investigation.

Because of the time and weather conditions, Shelkie is advising pedestrians to make themselves as visible as possible.

"Friday night, it was raining quite hard when this accident happened, and it was very dark with no ambient light from the sky," she says. "The more visible you are, the better."

She also reminds drivers to pay close attention at intersections, for pedestrians in the crosswalk or about to cross.

Editor's note: This story was updated with comments from Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.

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