A nine-year-old girl got more than exercise during her walk to school this morning when she was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the car was an 83-year-old man who failed to stop for a school crossing guard.
Emergency personnel responded to a call reporting a pedestrian had been hit by a car at approximately 8:20am. Upon arriving at the scene at Parent Avenue and Ellis Street, they learned that the victim was a 9-year-old female who had been walking to school.
According to police, the elderly man was headed East on Ellis Street and attempted to turn North onto Parent Avenue, at which time the crossing guard was in the street guiding schoolchildren to the other side of the road. The man did not see the crossing guard or the child, whom he sideswiped.
The young girl was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. The man is being charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and faces loss of licence. The police also stated that the unnamed elderly mans licence will be reviewed by the province.