Police have released more information about the toddler who was hit by a vehicle yesterday afternoon.
Initial indications were the child was struck by a vehicle backing up in a parking lot, but this has been found to be incorrect. Police say the investigation has led officers to believe that a woman driving a small SUV southbound on Ospika Boulevard, bypassed the median and travelled against traffic flow for a short distance, before entering the parking lot of a retail strip mall. 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 three-year-old.
The child was transported to hospital for treatment and 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,” said 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.”