Child se­ri­ously in­jured in ac­ci­dent re­turns home

Eleven-year-old Summerside boy in sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter be­ing air­lifted to Hal­i­fax ear­lier this month

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY JOUR­NAL PIONEER STAFF newsroom@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com

“As the boys started to cross the road, a north­bound ve­hi­cle did not slow down and the boys re­al­ized the ve­hi­cle was not go­ing to stop. The boy bounced off the hood of the ve­hi­cle, and he landed on the road.” Wit­nesses at ac­ci­dent scene

A boy air­lifted to a Hal­i­fax hos­pi­tal on July 13 af­ter be­ing struck by a ve­hi­cle while in a cross­walk is back home and in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Emer­gency crews were called to Granville Street in Summerside on Thurs­day, July 13, in the evening, af­ter re­ports in­volv­ing a young­ster be­ing hit by a ve­hi­cle.

The 11-year-old, who is from Summerside, was rushed to Prince County hos­pi­tal by EMS shortly af­ter 9:30 p.m., and later air­lifted to Hal­i­fax with se­ri­ous in­juries.

Wit­nesses told po­lice: “The vic­tim and a friend were wait­ing to cross a marked cross­walk, head­ing east across Granville Street. The ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling south­bound stopped to al­low the boys to cross.

“As the boys started to cross the road, a north­bound ve­hi­cle did not slow down and the boys re­al­ized the ve­hi­cle was not go­ing to stop.”

The first boy ran back to the side­walk for safety, but the sec­ond boy was too late.

Wit­nesses re­ported, “The boy bounced off the hood of the ve­hi­cle, and he landed on the road.”

The driver, a 69-yearold man from Que­bec, was charged un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act for fail­ing to yield right-of-way to a pedes­trian in a cross­walk.

Po­lice are tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to re­mind mo­torists to be mind­ful of pedes­trian cross­walks and to be ex­tra cautious near parks and play­grounds where chil­dren are pre­sent.

Sum­mer months are a busy pe­riod within the City of Summerside with in­creased pedes­tri­ans and mo­tor ve­hi­cle traf­fic.

Un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act of P.E.I., it’s an of­fense if a driver fails to yield right of way to a pedes­trian on a cross­walk. The min­i­mum fine for this is $200, with a max­i­mum of $500.

Pedes­tri­ans are ad­vised to use ex­tra cau­tion when cross­ing any road­way and should al­ways use marked cross­walks.

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