8-year-old boy dies after being hit by vehicle on St. Anne’s Road
An 8-year-old boy is dead after he was hit by a vehicle Tuesday morning.
It happened on St. Anne’s Road near Bank Avenue around 8:20 a.m.
“It was an awful scene,” Adam Haverstock, who works near where the crash happened, told Global News.
“I saw a lot of people in distress and a lot of first responders at work.”
Winnipeg police said the child was attempting to cross St. Anne’s Road using the crosswalk when he was hit by a vehicle travelling north.
He was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died from injuries.
Several police vehicles were outside of École Varennes Tuesday afternoon.
Global News’ traffic camera on St. Anne’s Road shows the stretch of roadway near where the tragic incident took place.
WATCH: The traffic camera shows vehicle traffic near the crosswalk, including the arrival of a fire truck and ambulance.
Global News obtained an email from the principal sent to parents confirming the child is a student at the school.
Police closed down both directions of St. Anne’s Road between Varennes Avenue and Bank Avenue for most of the day as they conducted their investigation. Lanes were opened up to traffic again around 3:30 p.m.
Louis Riel School Division issued a statement about the crash, saying that teachers would be sharing the news with students Wednesday.
“Please be assured that student support services are available for all students and families tomorrow and over the coming days. We are committed to providing a supportive space for the expressions of grief for staff and students to be able to cope with the loss of a student and classmate,” the statement read.
Global News spoke with parents and grandparents outside Ecole Varennes.
“They cross that crosswalk twice a day so it’s very scary. It makes you want to hold them close tonight and definitely reiterate the necessity that you never know, even with crosswalks,” Stephan Marchant said. “My heart goes out to the family of that boy for sure, it’s incredibly indescribably tragic.”
“It’s terrible, it’s a tragedy,” Marilyn Halliday said. “Just everybody hug your kids today.”
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call investigators at 204-986-6271 or Crime Stoppers at 1-204-786-TIPS (8477).
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