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13-year-old in stable condition following car-pedestrian mishap

Close call

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.

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Cumberland Health Authority

Geographic location: AMHERST, East Pleasant Street

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  • Another 2 Cents
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I am glad that she will be alright too.

    Mr. Martins' comment shows us that some young people may behave in ways that put them in harm.

    It is up to the adults to watch out for these young people as they walk on the wrong side of the road, two or three abreast and refuse to move for traffic.

    We can't predict their movements but as adults we should take extra precautions when approaching or passing anyone on the side of a road.

    Although, like yesterdays accident some accidents just can't be avoided.

    Take care this holiday season!

  • colin
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Glad to hear the girl will be alright and that there will be no charges against the driver.

    Too many young people walk on the wrong side of the road, walk two or three abreast and refuse to move for traffic.

  • Ron
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I will eat my words regarding my comments yesterday. Obviously the child didn't look both ways and ended up being struck as per the article.

    However, I do strongly feel there is a lot of dangerous drivers in Amherst and more needs to be done about it.

    Glad the girl and the driver are ok though.