An eight-year-old Qualicum Beach boy struck by a vehicle while crossing the road on his bicycle March 31 is “out of hospital and recovering nicely,” RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman said, adding that no charges will be laid in the accident.
Meanwhile, another vehicle-pedestrian collision remains under investigation. On March 17, a 14-year-old Parksville girl was walking with a friend on the sidewalk when a car jumped the curb and struck her alongside Highway 19A in Parksville.
Foreman said an RCMP collision analyst was brought in, and the detachment is waiting for that report and other reports and witness statements to determine what, if any, charges will be filed. “That information will determine if there is a motor vehicle act infraction or a criminal charge,” said Foreman. The girl was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries and released after about 48 hours. The driver was a 52-year-old Qualicum Beach woman.
In the case of the young cyclist, struck while crossing the 600 block of Village Way, the RCMP said he rode into the path of the oncoming vehicle in an area without a crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle stopped immediately and co-operated with police. The child, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to hospital and has since been released.
“It was just an unfortunate accident,” said Foreman. “Witnesses said he swerved right in front of the car and the driver had no chance to react. Hopefully there will be a lesson learned from this.”
— NEWS Staff