Two women are recovering in hospital after being struck by a van Monday evening on Burrard Street.According to a Vancouver police news release, two Vancouver women, ages 53 and 35, were walking on the west sidewalk just before 6:30 p.m. when a silver Dodge caravan travelling southbound toward the Burrard Street Bridge jumped the curb and struck the pair. Both pedestrians were transported to hospital with serious injuries, as was the driver of the vehicle, a man in his 60s.
Rachel Barsky in 2017
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Postmedia News has identified one of the victims as Rachel Barsky, a lawyer with the Innocence Project at the University of B.C.’s Allard School of Law. Among those represented by Barsky is Phillip James Tallio, who was sentenced to life in prison at age 17 for the murder of a 22-month-old girl in Bella Coola, and has maintained since the beginning of his sentence, over 30 years ago, that he’s innocent.“I am one of the two people in this accident,” Barsky wrote in a Facebook message to friends, just before undergoing surgery for her injuries. “I have a severely fractured pelvis, hip fracture, back fracture, some internal bleeding around the injury site, and two broken fingers.“It will be a long road of rehabilitation,” she said. “I am grateful for everyone’s love and support. It means a lot.”The cause of the collision has yet to be determined, police said, but an investigation is ongoing.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.</p