PRINCE GEORGE, BC: On Wednesday December 19th at approximately 11:00 AM, the Prince George RCMP and other emergency services responded to a reported motor vehicle incident involving a 3 year old child. The incident occurred in a parking lot just off Ospika Boulevard near Massey Drive in Prince George.
Initial indications were the child was struck by a vehicle backing up in a parking lot, but this has been found to be incorrect. The investigation has led officers to believe that an adult female driver traveling south bound on Ospika Boulevard, bypassed the meridian and traveled against traffic flow for a short distance, before entering the parking lot of a retail strip mall. The driver was traveling in a small SUV. The child was standing near a parent that was tending to a younger child. The driver struck the child and one tire drove completely over the mid-section of the 3 year old.
Fortunately, the child was transported to hospital for treatment and miraculously, is expected to fully recover.
The driver of the vehicle remained on scene. Alcohol was not a factor. The investigation is continuing, and charges against the driver are expected.
The Prince George RCMP want to remind all drivers to slow down and take extra precaution in parking lots.
“Pedestrians and vehicles share parking lots” says Sgt. Matt LaBelle of the Prince George RCMP’s Traffic Services Section. “This incident should never have occurred, and we could have had a far more tragic ending.”