Pedestrian struck on Fourth

Whitehorse RCMP reminds drivers to take care approaching crosswalks, after a pedestrian was struck on Wednesday afternoon while crossing Fourth Avenue. The 26-year-old man was hit by a black 1995 Nissan Maxima.

Whitehorse RCMP reminds drivers to take care approaching crosswalks, after a pedestrian was struck on Wednesday afternoon while crossing Fourth Avenue.

The 26-year-old man was hit by a black 1995 Nissan Maxima. Its driver, a 45-year-old Whitehorse man, saw the pedestrian, but was unable to stop in time.

The pedestrian was knocked to the ground. Ambulance attendants took the man to Whitehorse General Hospital, where he was examined and released with no significant injuries.

The driver helped administer first aid to the injured man. He was not believed to be speeding or drunk. No charges have yet been pressed, as it appears that both the driver and pedestrian shared some blame, said Sgt. Don Rogers in a release.

Man charged with impaired driving

A man accused of drunk driving evaded police efforts to find him on Monday, only to be caught after his vehicle was pinned under an airport toll gate.

Whitehorse RCMP first received a report on Monday at 1:30 p.m. that an extremely intoxicated man was driving a white Chevy Astro van around downtown Whitehorse. Police patrols were unable to find the vehicle.

Four hours later, police received a second report that an impaired driver in a similar vehicle was seen by security staff at the Whitehorse airport.

A heavily drunk man tried to board a departing aircraft, but was barred entry. The man then tried to leave the airport parking lot.

But, according to witnesses, he was unable to operate the toll gate and was trapped in the parking lot. Police watched as the man tried to follow another vehicle without paying, only to have the toll booth’s arm swing down and trap his van.

Whitehorse RCMP thank the concerned residents who phoned in complaints, as well as airport security, for their “quick action” in barring the man from the plane and calling police.

Randi Farnsworth, 58, of Courtney, BC, has been charged with impaired driving, failing to provide a breath sample and mischief under $5,000. He appeared in court in Whitehorse on Tuesday an was released on conditions. His next court appearance is on March 23. (John Thompson)