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First responders called to Burnaby intersection for medical emergency, not pedestrian fatality

Intersection described as 'dangerous'
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Police were called to the area of Canada Way and Sprott Street in Burnaby for a medical emergency that ended in the death of a 65-year-old man Tuesday.

Shortly before 5 p.m., a man was following a car on Canada Way when the vehicle slowed down and stopped on the street, according to Burnaby RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj.

He said the man got out and saw the driver of the car in front slumped over the steering wheel.

The man flagged down a passing police car, and emergency crews were called, but they were unable to revive the unconscious man, Kalanj said.

Some people who spotted the first responders on scene at the intersection mistook the incident for a pedestrian-involved collision.

That led to conversations online about pedestrian safety at the intersection.

“People who live in that area have been asking the city of Burnaby for the last 7 years to do something about that dangerous intersection,” one post on Reddit said.

According to ICBC data, the intersection saw nine crashes last year, which was a significant drop from 27 in 2019, 26 in 2018 and 38 in 2017.

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