Welland residents blame LED street lights for pedestrian death

Niagara Regional Police have been investigating an accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian in Welland.

Officers and EMS were called out to Southworth Street near Morningstar just after 10:00 last night after police say a 65 year old woman crossing the street stepped into the path of a car.

The woman was then struck a second time by a Suburban driven.

Residents in the area say that this is has happened before.

Becky Maves, who has lived in the area for over a decade, says a house was struck and had to be demolished after a car swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian.

She says that stretch of road is nearly a kilometre long with no pedestrian crossings. 

Another CKTB listener, who lives in the area, says she had seen the victim cross the road there for years.

She blames the LED street lights for poor visibility. 

Maves agrees and says: "the idea of the LED light is a great concept however they're just not bright enough on this street."

Adding that she thinks they only illuminate the area directly beneath the street lamp.

Any witnesses with information regarding last night's accident are asked to contact investigators at (905) 688-4111, extension 5500.