Woman charged in cross­walk crash that in­jured girl

Times Colonist - - Front Page - JEFF BELL jw­bell@times­colonist.com

A North Saanich woman has been charged with dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle caus­ing bod­ily harm af­ter a col­li­sion last year in which an 11-year-old girl was se­ri­ously in­jured when she was hit by an SUV while in a cross­walk in Gor­don Head.

Te­nessa Rayann Lyric Nikirk, 21, of North Saanich has a court ap­pear­ance sched­uled for Nov. 7.

Leila Bui suf­fered se­vere brain dam­age in the Dec. 20, 2017, col­li­sion, which oc­curred in the cross­walk in front of her home at Ash Road and Torquay Drive.

She was cross­ing the street about 8:15 a.m. to get to a neigh­bour’s home for a ride to school when she was struck.

She left hos­pi­tal to live at home in June, but uses a wheel­chair and needs con­stant med­i­cal care.

Asked why the charges took so long, Saanich po­lice Sgt. Jereme Les­lie said a lot goes into an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It’s all ev­i­dence-based,” he said. “It’s just sim­ply gath­er­ing the ev­i­dence and then look­ing at what we have and putting that for­ward to the B.C. Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice.”

Af­ter she was struck, Leila was put into a med­i­cally in­duced coma at Vic­to­ria Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, where she un­der­went nine surg­eries in the pe­di­atric in­ten­sive care unit.

She spent two months at Sunny Hill Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in Van­cou­ver, where an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist worked on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The in­jury left her un­able to com­mu­ni­cate.

A pair of on­line fundrais­ers raised $35,000 to help with the pur­chase of a wheel­chair van and with ren­o­vat­ing a bath­room to make it ac­ces­si­ble, while the Help Fill a Dream Foun­da­tion do­nated a wheel­chair ramp.

Fundrais­ing in­cluded a GoFundMe page cre­ated by the Torquay El­e­men­tary School Par­ent Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil.

The fam­ily wrote on a web page in June: “Leila is a su­per strong and de­ter­mined girl who has demon­strated to us through­out this whole jour­ney just how much she wants to stay with us.

“She has come a very long way since that hor­rific day six months ago.”

Leila Bui, 11, was struck by a ve­hi­cle while in a cross­walk on Dec. 20, 2017.

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