Crosswalk Study Fast-Tracked After Girl Hit By City Bus

City council is looking to fast-track a decision on a crosswalk where a little girl was hit by a city bus two weekends ago.

Four-year-old Lila Jane Zuest was hit by a Windsor Transit bus around 6pm on May 26. She was rushed to hospital in London where she remains in critical condition.

Ward 2 city councillor John Elliott presented a petition of more than 3,000 names on Monday night at the regular meeting of council and Ward 7 councillor Irek Kusmierczyk got backing to have administration make the study a top priority.

Lila's aunt, Courtney Belanger, can't believe at how the community has responded.

"I'm like in complete awe."

A report will review if the area warrants a crosswalk by considering traffic speed, traffic volume and the number of crossings in the area. The report will also look at reducing the speed limit in the area to 40 km/h from 50 km/h.

It's expected at council's next meeting.


Ward 2 city councillor John Elliott presents a petition calling for a sidewalk on Prince Rd. connecting Mic Mac Park to Barrymore Ln. after a city bus hit a little girl. Photo taken June 4, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

"I didn't expect that. I expected them to say, 'Yes, it's going to happen by the summer.'" says Belanger. "I didn't know they were going to oversee everything else and you know, just speak up the way that they did — I'm in complete shock right now."

Belanger says her niece is bundle of energy.

"She's a little sassy boss. She's just, she's a rascal, yeah. She's tough, very tough," says Belanger. "She's doing her best to keep fighting. There's been no setbacks so, at this point she's stable in critical care, but she's doing very well."

Windsor police say charges against the bus driver in the incident are not likely as it appears the little girl was unfamiliar with the area and darted into the street.

Belanger says the last 10 days has given her a mix of emotions.

"You know you find yourself wanting to cry, you find yourself feeling proud and then you go back to — you can't even believe this is even happening. Right now, I'm extremely confident, optimistic, I feel proud, I'm happy — a lot of positive feelings."

The community has rallied, gathering to show support for Lila on Sunday and setting up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the family. Plans are in the works for a motorcycle ride for Lila on June 16.


Family and friends of 4-year-old Lila Jane Zuest attend the first regular meeting of council at the new city hall building on June 4, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)