London police investigating after pedestrian struck, killed in parking lot

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A pedestrian was killed in a collision outside a student rental housing building on Western Road Monday afternoon.

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Emergency crews converged on the three-storey building at 974 Western Rd. near Hollywood Crescent shortly after 1 p.m. The woman was struck in the residential parking lot.

The female victim, who has been identified by police, lay covered by a plastic tarp on the ground in a small parking lot outside the building for several hours before being removed.

A landscaping truck and trailer was parked beside the curb with the driver-side door wide open.

“Police were called to a location where a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle at 974 Western Rd.,” London police Staff Sgt. Tia Sutherland said, noting the collision reconstruction unit was sent to the scene.

“Police and EMS arrived, and the female pedestrian had suffered injuries, which unfortunately were not survivable.”

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Her name and age were not released, as family was still being notified, Sutherland said.

Police tape cordoned off the scene at the rear of the parking lot. The coroner and police collision reconstruction unit were stationed in the parking lot Monday afternoon collecting evidence and investigating the death, including flying a drone overhead.

Students in Western University apparel looked on from the doorways and upper windows of the townhouse units. The building, owned by London Housing Corp., is popular with university students because of its proximity to campus.

It’s unclear whether the woman killed lived in one of the townhomes. The company did not return a request for comment Monday.

This is the second pedestrian fatality in London this year.

Richard James McMahon, 39, was killed in an alleged hit-and-run near Oxford Street and Hyde Park Road on Feb. 8. David Charles MacMicken, 50, is charged with impaired driving causing death and failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death. 

There were eight pedestrian fatalities in the city last year, up from five in 2020.

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