Driver who ignored ‘walk’ sign pushes Burnaby mom too far

Chris Campbell

The life Penny Su’s son is likely owed to the human lung.

The Burnaby mom had to scream to stop a car from hitting her son. The screams of other people who witnessed the same situation also helped stop the driver from running over the three-year-old boy.

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Su detailed what happened on Thursday as part of a larger plea about dangerous drivers in Burnaby – especially at the UniverCity development on Burnaby Mountain.

Su and her son were crossing the intersection at Tower Road and University High Street. 

“We had the right of way; the walk sign was on,” Su said. “A vehicle comes up from behind us, my son is ahead of me, the driver wants to turn left in front of my son. She only stops after I scream. The vehicle stopped three inches away from my son. Other pedestrians on the street also screamed when they saw the vehicle approaching. It was a very scary incident.”

I live in the UniverCity development and I’ve written before that the community is filled student drivers with ‘N’ stickers on the back of high-powered luxury vehicles. Things are so bad, some parents have banded together to lobby for speed bumps along one of the roads.

Anything to slow drivers down on streets that can be quite narrow in this development.

But the incident involving Su and her son on Thursday wasn’t because of an ‘N’ driver.

No, the sad part, according to Su, was that the driver was a woman she recognized as a parent in the community. Their kids go to the same preschool.

That's awkward.

“Everyone needs a reminder to slow down around streets where the preschool and elementary schools are,” Su said. “I have seen too many near-misses in the last year. My husband and I get so tense when we cross the street to take/pickup our son to/from school every day. It shouldn’t be like this.”

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