A woman was hit by a truck while protesting near a Red Deer pork processing plant.
Kattrina Horner, a Red Deer area resident, has been going out about once a week near Olymel’s factory to hold a vigil for the animals that are slaughtered.
On Aug. 19, at about 12:42 p.m., she was demonstrating with about four others. That’s when a truck driver struck her. The incident was caught on video by a friend of hers.
As a result of the hit, Horner receives physiotherapy to deal with lower back pain and other injuries.
“I’m unable to walk without lower back pain, and just living through being hit, mentally and physically,” she explained Wednesday.
Red Deer RCMP Const. Derek Turner said a driver from a private trucking company was charged with a close to $800 fine for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
The investigation shows the driver was at fault and he was at the crosswalk, said Turner.
“Because he was turning into her path, he had to yield the right of way to her,” said Turner, adding the incident happened at the Olymel plant service road and Riverside Drive.
“She had a walk light, and he also had a green light. He was travelling in the same direction and turned when she was at the intersection there,” he explained.
Horner started going out with signs to protest the slaughtering of animals about six weeks ago, after forming the Red Deer Animal Save group.
She goes out about once a week to conduct a silent vigil for the pigs and say a prayer for them.
The 30-year-old woman said she often hears threatening comments, such as, “why don’t you trade spots with the pigs. Looks like you are one.”
Horner believes in saying a prayer before the animals are killed, instead of saying grace afterward at the dinner table.