HALDIMAND — OPP say an 80 year old Brampton woman is facing careless driving charges after she struck a four year old girl and thirteen year old boy with her vehicle while backing up.
On Saturday, March 9, 2019 at approximately 12:57 p.m., OPP along with Haldimand County Paramedic Services responded to a motor vehicle collision involving pedestrians.
Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that an 80-year-old female was sitting in her parked vehicle facing southbound on Main Street when the vehicle accelerated while in reverse.
The vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes of traffic striking a Sports Utility Vehicle and then mounted a curb where the vehicle then collided with two children that were walking on the sidewalk in front of their family members. A thirteen year old boy and a four year old girl were struck. The girl was subsequently pinned underneath the vehicle and then dragged several yards before the vehicle came to a stop after colliding with a building.
The father and mother immediately went to their children’s aid and rushed both to a local area hospital. The female was then transported to a Hamilton area hospital and is currently being treated for life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the vehicle was also transported to a local area hospital however she was not injured. The thirteen year old male suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The remaining family members were not injured.
Main Street between Parkview Road and King Street was closed for several hours to allow for further investigation.
OPP has completed their investigation and, as a result, has charged an 80-year-old female from Brampton, Ontario with careless driving causing bodily harm.
She is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga at a later date to answer to the charge.