January 17, 2019 5:57 am
Updated: January 17, 2019 1:07 pm

Teenage pedestrian in critical condition after Pond Mills crash: London police

A 13-year-old girl is in hospital in critical condition after a crash on Pond Mills Road, south of Deveron Crescent.

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A 13-year-old girl is clinging to life in hospital after what London police are calling a serious crash involving a pedestrian in the southeast London neighbourhood of Pond Mills.

Emergency services were called to Pond Mills Road between Deveron Crescent and Southdale Road around 7:15 p.m.

London police say the young girl was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. As of Thursday morning, they said she was in critical condition.

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Maria Mac, who lives in an apartment complex that backs onto Pond Mills Drive, saw police responding and probing the scene from her window.

She saw a dark-coloured sedan being towed away, and estimates officers were there for roughly three hours laying down cones and flags, and taking photos.

“It’s heart breaking for sure, I feel very sorry for [the family], and the driver as well,” said Mac.

She also understands why a crash might happen at that location.

“It’s dark, it’s night, it’s around the corner, and it’s not where you’re supposed to cross the road.”

The area in which Mac saw officers responding is along Pond Mills Road, just south of Deveron Crescent. The road, which dips a little bit and bends, is flanked by residential complexes on the east side. On the other side is a brushy area belonging to Westminister Ponds, a sidewalk, and a southbound bus stop.

The closest intersection with a pedestrian crosswalk across Pond Mills Road is about 350 metres north, at the intersection of Deveron Crescent.

The incident has prompted police to an issue a reminder. They say people using roads throughout the city should be aware of their surroundings, and should be safe and courteous as they travel.

Police haven’t said whether they’ll lay charges.

Their Traffic Management Unit continues to investigate, and anyone with information is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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