13-year-old in stable condition following car-pedestrian mishap
AMHERST - A 13-year-old girl remains in stable condition at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre following a vehicle-pedestrian accident near Steamboats on Highway 6.
"All I can report is that she was admitted to the hospital and is stable condition," Cumberland Health Authority spokesperson Ann Keddy said Monday.
Cpl. Mike Johnson of the Cumberland RCMP said collision occurred at around 7:20 a.m. The girl was on the north side of the road near Steamboats when she ran back across the road and was struck.
"She had her hood up and didn't see the vehicle coming. The vehicle was coming out of Amherst and despite the driver's best efforts he could not avoid her," Johnson said, adding the girl was sent to hospital with bumps and bruises and a concussion.
Johnson said the driver of the vehicle was very upset by what occurred and he doesn't anticipate charges being laid.
There was a sleet-rain mix at the time of the mishap and it may have been a contributing factor in that the pedestrian may have been shielding her eyes when she crossed the road.
"This could have been a lot worse, it could have been devastating," he said. "Things are good as it stands right now and it's anticipated she'll make a full recovery."
The area by Steamboats is used by area school children to catch the bus.
It's the third car-pedestrian mishap in the Amherst area in the last few weeks, the most serious of which occurred when 59-year-old Bettie Rolfe died from injuries sustained in a car-pedestrian collision on East Pleasant Street in late November.