Truck hits MSS girl
A 12-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle last Thursday at about 8:20 a.m., just outside of a school zone on Lindley Creek Road.
The girl was on her way to school when she was dragged several feet before the driver noticed her and then stopped.
The mother of the girl — who didn’t want to be named due to concerns about potentially identifying her daughter — said the MSS student mostly suffered from road rash.
“It was a complete accident,” she said. “He wasn’t going very fast. I guess he was just turning out and didn’t see her and the sun was in his eyes.”
She said the man is an acquaintance and was extremely apologetic.
The girl was transported to Nicola Valley Health Centre, where doctors diagnosed her with bruising to her organs, but it was later determined that she instead had a stable pelvic bone fracture. She also suffered from a severe road rash.
The girl was released from hospital on Monday.
The Merritt RCMP is investigating the incident and no charges have been laid.
“She was going to spend a few days in hospital just to recuperate,” Merritt RCMP Const. Tracy Dunsmore said. “She just had to stay in hospital because of the injuries, but they weren’t life threatening.”
Vehicle Hits Cyclist
Also on Thursday, a bicycle collided with an SUV at the corner of Quilchena Avenue and Garcia Avenue, the Merritt RCMP reported.
Witnesses told police that the cyclist was riding on the sidewalk when attempting to cross on a green light, ramming into the side of the vehicle.
The Emergency Health Services and Merritt Fire Rescue Department responded to the accident.
The cyclist only suffered minor injuries and no charges were laid.