According to police on Thursday, May 7th, 2015, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Niagara Regional Police Service, the St.Catharines Fire Service and the Niagara Emergency Medical Service (EMS), responded to reports of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the Niagara Health Systems General Hospital Site in the City of St.Catharines, Ontario.

Investigators have determined that a lone 87 year-old female driver from St.Catharines, was attempting to park her 2015 Hyundai Accent in the parking lot of the hospital. As she entered her intended parking spot, the Hyundai accelerated forward, mounted a curb and continued north across a flower bed towards the main driveway.

At the same time, a 34 year-old pedestrian, from Thorold, Ontario, was seated on a bench near the main driveway. The Hyundai struck the pedestrian and pinned her beneath the vehicle. Numerous bystanders quickly came to the aid of the trapped pedestrian and lifted the Hyundai off of her. She was then pulled to safety and rendered medical assistance.

The 34 year-old pedestrian was quickly taken into the nearby hospital and later transferred to the Hamilton General Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

The 87 year-old driver was not injured in the collision.

Police are commending the efforts of the bystanders that came to the aid of the pedestrian and freed her from beneath the vehicle.

This collision remains under investigation by Detectives of the Niagara Regional Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact detectives at (905) 688-4111, extension 5500.

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