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Community in shock over kindergarten student killed by car

November 23, 2013

Mississauga News

MISSISSAUGA — Flowers and teddy bears surround a stop sign at the intersection where a 4-year-old boy was struck by a car yesterday morning and mortally injured.

The child, whose name has not been released, was airlifted to hospital, where he died a short time later.

He was crossing the intersection at Artesian Dr. and Southampton Dr. with one of his parents around 8:20 a.m. when he was hit by a 2009 Toyota Corolla, Peel Regional Police said.

Chris Viron was walking his 6-year-old daughter to the elementary school when he saw the crash.

“It was in slow motion,” he said. Viron said he ran into the street to help and wiped blood from the boy’s face.

“My palm, my hands — it was so bad,” Viron said, his voice shaking.

The boy was hit just two blocks east of Artesian Drive Public School, where he was attending kindergarten.

School bus driver Raheela Ali was driving her route yesterday morning and was a few vehicles away from the intersection when the crash happened.

“All I saw was people honking at the guy. He didn’t stop until he had turned all the way left,” she said. “I don’t think he realized what he did.”

Ali said she thought the commotion was caused by two vehicles colliding until she saw the young boy’s body lying in the street. Even then, she didn’t realize how serious the crash had been.

“I thought maybe the boy was just injured and he’d be okay,” said Ali, who has two young children who attend Artesian Drive Public School. “It’s very hard, very difficult.”

By yesterday afternoon, police tape had been cleared from the crash site.

People stopped at one of the intersection’s four stop signs to leave flowers, teddy bears and candles.

Steve Colehr set down a bouquet and a note before crossing himself. He said he didn’t know the boy or his family, but wanted to offer support.

“We just said that our family is thinking about their family, their son, and that they’ll never be forgotten,” said Colehr, who lives nearby and has an 11-year-old son.

Traffic is bad in the residential neighbourhood, Colehr said, with drivers speeding, ignoring the school zone and blowing through stop signs.

“Every day there’s accidents in this area,” he said.

The 78-year-old Mississauga resident driving the car was not injured, police said in a release.

~ With files from Jodee Brown

Mississauga News

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