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Driver charged after 10-year-old girl fatally struck by vehicle in Vaughan

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Nikita Belykh’s father says the family waited 16 years to have a second child and says she was his shining star. The 10-year-old girl was fatally struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle on Sept. 1. Catherine McDonald has the story – Sep 9, 2021

York Regional Police have charged a woman after a 10-year-old girl was fatally struck by a vehicle in Vaughan in early September.

Emergency services were called to Pleasant Ridge Avenue, in the area of Basie Gate and Coltrane Drive, for reports of a collision at around 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 1.

Police said a Hyundai Santa Fe struck a 10-year-old girl while she was riding her bicycle.

Read more: Family of 10-year-old fatally struck by vehicle says it’s a nightmare they can’t wake up from

She was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition, where police said she later died of her injuries.

Police said 33-year-old Mississauga resident Thanh Loan Nguyen was charged with careless driving causing death on Wednesday.

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She will appear in a Newmarket court on Feb. 3, 2022.

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The victim was identified by her family as Nikita Belykh’s. Her father, Michael Belykh, told Global News shortly after the tragedy that it was a nightmare they couldn’t wake up from.

Nikita spoke three languages — English, Russian and French — and was about to start Grade 5 in French immersion. Her family said she loved animals and cared about the environment. The family said they’re at a loss without Nikita.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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