UPDATE: The victim, a student at Queen Victoria public school, was airlifted to Children's Hospital in London after first being transported to Windsor Regional Hospital.
According to reports, a white pickup truck turning east onto Tecumseh struck the girl. The driver remained at the scene and was visibly shaken and upset. One driver in the area believes that the man driving the truck may have failed to see the girl due to 'blinding' sunlight in the area at the time. The intersection remained closed for six hours as police investigated the incident.
Letters to parents were sent home with students advising parents on how to best help their children deal with this tragedy.
A thirteen-year-old girl was transported to the hospital this morning with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a pickup truck at the intersection of Tecumseh Road and Dougall Avenue. The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. when witnesses say a white commercial truck struck the girl.
The intersection remained closed throughout most of the morning as police investigated the scene.
Anyone with any information about the accident is encouraged to contact police by calling 519-258-6111.
The Vulnerability of Pedestrians
When compared to two ton metal vehicles traveling on the roads, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to injuries and death. They lack the protection of a vehicle and even the protection of a helmet like cyclists.
According to the 2012 Road Safety Report for the City of Windsor, 82 pedestrians were injured and one died in collisions with motor vehicles that year. Even more shockingly, the majority of pedestrian accident victims are young: 19 per cent of collisions involved a pedestrian between the age of 10 and 19.
Although little is known about the circumstances surrounding today's accident, pedestrians and motorists must play an active role in ensuring pedestrian safety.
Drivers should obey all traffic rules, including not running red lights and stop lights, not speeding, and not driving while distracted. Pedestrians should also recognize the dangers that cars present and remain aware and alert when walking.
Windsor Car vs. Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Our car vs. pedestrian lawyers have seen firsthand the devastation that these types of accidents can cause. That is why we are dedicated to working to make sure that injury victims receive the compensation that they deserve for their injuries. If you or someone you love is injured in a Windsor accident, do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.