Nine-year-old cyclist struck by vehicle on Fourth Street

A nine-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle while she was in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Fourth Street and Edward Avenue last Wednesday, June 22, at about 7:15 pm.

A statement from the RCMP said the youngster, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Queen Victoria Hospital with serious injuries caused when she was struck by the vehicle’s hood. She was later transported to Children’s Hospital.

“If she had not been wearing a helmet she might have been killed,” the child’s uncle, Jim Meloro, told The Current.

He said this accident should be a wake-up call for everyone, especially those cyclists who routinely ride their bikes without helmets and motorized vehicle drivers who aren’t being as careful as they should be.

The driver of the vehicle was issued a violation ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for Driving without Due Care and Attention.

“Emergency Services personnel remind drivers to be aware of cyclists and pedestrians and to always drive with caution,” the statement said. “Cyclists are reminded to always wear bike helmets, make themselves visible and follow the rules of the road.”