For Release: April 13, 2012
Originator: D/Constable Chris HEFFERNAN, Collision Reconstruction Unit, 905 825-4747 Ext 5065
Contact: D/Constable Chris Heffernan, Collision Reconstruction Unit, 905 825-4747 Ext 5420
Location: Acton, ON
Acton Child Struck by Pickup Truck
Halton Regional Police are investigating a child being struck by a vehicle in Acton (Halton Hills) early Thursday evening.
Shortly after 5 p.m. an 8 year old Acton girl was struck by a pick up truck on Kingham Road west of Highway 25. This is a busy road with two condominium complexes on either side.
Preliminary indications are that the child ran out from between two parked cars on the south side of the roadway and into the path of a westbound pick-up truck. The driver attempted to stop but was unable to avoid the collision.
The child was knocked to the ground and sustained some serious internal injuries. The male driver and his passenger were able to render immediate assistance to the girl.
Halton EMS rushed the girl to Georgetown Hospital where she was stabilized and assessed. Due to her injuries she was later transferred to McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton. She is currently in stable condition.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) was called to the scene and took carriage of the investigation. Reconstructionists closed the roadway for nearly six hours while they completed the at-scene investigation. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this incident.
The area was busy with families and children at the time of the collision as there are two adjacent playgrounds on both sides of the roadway. Many witnesses came forward and provided statements to police. Any further witnesses are asked to call the CRU at ext. 5065.
Police will not be releasing the names of the child nor the driver.
Halton Regional Police would like to remind not only motorists to be cognizant of children near playgrounds during the impending warmer months, but also parents to go over basic road safety with their children.