A three-year-old who was run over by a vehicle in Prince George yesterday morning (Dec. 19) will fully recover, according to the Prince George RCMP.
At approximately 11 a.m., the Prince George RCMP and other emergency services responded to a reported motor vehicle incident involving a three-year-old child. The incident occurred in a parking lot near Massey Drive in Prince George.
RCMP said in a press release that initial indications were that the child was struck by a vehicle backing up in a parking lot; however, the investigation has led officers to believe that an adult female driver bypassed the meridian and traveled against traffic flow for a short distance, before entering the parking lot of a retail strip mall. The driver was traveling in a small SUV. 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, miraculously, is expected to fully recover,” said the news release.
The driver of the vehicle remained on scene, and the RCMP have determined that 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.”