Two kids who have been struck by a car in Vaughan two days ago have died in the hospital. A four-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister have died of injuries caused by a black Mercedes who has veered off the road. The car has hit three people, two children and a neighbour who has come to help them fix their bike.
Although the kids were rushed to the hospital immediately after the crash, they, unfortunately, died of their injuries there. The third victim, a man who was helping them fix the bike, had non-life-threatening injuries.
The 16-year-old driver of the Mercedes was taken into custody at the scene. The police charged him with dangerous driving causing bodily harm. These charges eventually upgraded as the children died in the hospital. After two kids died of injuries, the driver was charged with two counts of dangerous operation causing death, two counts of criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation causing bodily harm and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
Since the teenager cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the charges haven’t reached the court yet.
York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween talked to the press:
“On behalf of everyone at YRP I extend our deepest condolences to the family impacted by this tragedy in Vaughan. We were all hoping for better news. Our thoughts are with the family and the community.”
Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua also reacted to the tragic news:
“Losing a child is a pain no parent should ever have to experience. Learning the 10-year-old girl struck during Sunday’s reckless driving incident has passed away is devastating news. Sending prayers & strength to the family. Two lives were taken too soon due to this senseless act.”
A memorial was created outside the home where the kids were struck. Bouquets of flowers and teddy bears could be seen on Monday evening. Neighbour Elizabeth Lincoln knew the deceased boy.
“He would talk to us through the fence. We have a five-year-old grandson and we talked about when the pandemic was over, they were going to get to play together. He was just a sweetheart.”