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Kingston, Ont. child dies after being struck outside her school

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Kingston Police confirm a ten year old girl has sustained life threatening injuries after being struck by a Chevy Silverado outside Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School – Jan 31, 2022

A 10-year-old girl died after being struck by a Chevy Silverado outside Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School where the girl was a student.

“The Chevy Silverado was westbound on Lancaster when the child was struck and went under the vehicle,” said Sgt. Steve Koopman, a traffic safety supervisor with Kingston Police.

Police say it happened at about 3:40 p.m. in the afternoon on Monday.

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Officers from the uniform patrol, traffic safety, forensic identification, emergency response and criminal investigations unit were all at the scene looking to reconstruct what happened.

“The driver immediately stopped, stayed on scene, and has been cooperative with investigators. The truck was seized and towed for further examination. No charges have been laid at this time and any fault has yet to be established until the investigation is fully complete,” Kingston Police said in a media release Tuesday.

There are three schools, as well as daycares, in the area where the collision happened.

Global News talked to a mom whose child attends daycare at one of the area schools. She said she heard what she thought was a car hitting a snowbank. She said the collision occurred at pick-up time, when that stretch of Lancaster is busy and chaotic.

“This is the worst thing that anyone ever wants to deal with,” Sgt. Koopman said. “At the same time, we have to be professional and we have to collect the evidence that’s potentially in front of us and interpret that data and determine the sequence of events.”

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The truck involved in the collision will be taken back to the police station for further investigation while victim services helps the school community.

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The Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board released a statement Tuesday morning offering condolences to the family of the young girl.

“The Board’s Bereavement Team will be present at the school today to gather in prayer and to support students, staff and community members. This team will continue to provide support in coming days and weeks as needed,” the school board said in an email to Global News.

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