Speeding not blamed for accident that injured three teen pedestrians

Kelowna RCMP still have unanswered questions about why vehicle struck three Grade 7 girls in Kelowna on Wednesday morning.

Preliminary findings of the investigation into the crash that sent three Grade 7 girls to hospital Wednesday morning indicates that the driver was not speeding.

Const. Steve Holmes said that there was little evidence of skid marks, and the girls who were hit crossing Gerstmar Road didn’t suffer injuries that aligned with a high speed crash, although it will be some time until the final report on the matter is complete.

“The kids didn’t see the vehicle, and the driver didn’t see the kids,” he said.

But, it’s not as though the trio of 12-year-olds just popped onto the road when they got hit. They had already crossed one lane of traffic when they were struck by the car and thrown 10 to 15 feet.

How they were obscured from each other’s view is a matter that remains unknown.

The extent of their injuries ranges from bruising to fractures, said Holmes, noting that he’s been to the hospital several times to check on their well-being.

“These kids were pretty amazing,” he said, adding that they’re lucky their injuries weren’t more extensive. “And there were lots of people there to help them right away.”

The intersection the girls were hit on is not a marked crosswalk, and the speed limit is 50 km/h.

The crash serves as a reminder that pedestrians need to be wary of cars when they venture onto area roads, regardless of whether there’s a crosswalk or not, said Holmes.

“There’s an implied responsibility on both the driver and the pedestrian’s parts. Be vigilant no matter what measures are in place. You have to be aware of what’s going on.”

The girls were hit by a car at the intersection of Gerstmar and Graham as they headed toward Springvalley Middle School just before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Mounties made it to the scene shortly thereafter, and closed a portion of Graham Road so their reconstructionists could piece together what caused the driver to run into the trio of children.

While some have speculated that the 28-year-old female driver’s car had a foggy windshield, police have yet to confirm that theory.

They also haven’t said whether they will approve charges against the driver.

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