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Pedestrian car accident in British Columbia

RCMP officials are still trying to determine the cause of a serious crash in Vernon on the morning of Sept. 9. British Columbia authorities have reported that three children and a daycare worker attending to them were struck by a vehicle. The car accident is under investigation as of this report. 

According to the accident report, around 9:50 a.m. a 22-year-old man was attempting to make a right-hand turn when he struck a number of individuals in a crosswalk, including a woman and three young children. The woman, a daycare worker, suffered a leg injury and was transported to a local hospital. The driver is believed to have been unharmed in the crash. 

The three children, whose ages were not reported, were all struck as well. One child escaped injury, and a second suffered only mild bruises and scrapes. The third child was airlifted to a Vancouver hospital with unspecified injuries. Given the use of an airlift, it appears that the child's injuries were serious. Police do not seem to have charged the driver with a crime at this time. 

However, this does not preclude the possibility that charges may be forthcoming as the British Columbia investigation into this car accident continues. RCMP officials have asked witnesses to come forward, and it remains possible the driver could face criminal charges for his or her role in the crash. Separately, the families of the injured children as well as the daycare worker are entitled under provincial law to file personal injury lawsuits against the driver. Such suits may make use of evidence gathered by the authorities to bolster the claims in civil court. 

Source: vernonmorningstar.com, "Child airlifted to Vancouver hospital following Vernon pedestrian accident", Sept. 13, 2016

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