2-year-old suffers life-threatening injuries in crash: WRPS

A two-year-old boy has been taken to an out-of-region hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash in Kitchener on Monday morning.

Officials posted about the crash in the area of Victoria Street South and Paulander Drive around 9 a.m.

Police at the scene told CTV Kitchener the crash happened at 8:50 a.m. The boy was hit by a grey minivan near a bus shelter.

Officials added the driver has fully cooperated.

The boy was with his family at the time of the crash, police said, and he's been taken to an out-of-region hospital.

Victoria Street South between Paulander Drive and Lawrence Avenue was closed while officers investigated and reopened around 1:30 p.m.

Neighbour Saleh Abdulrahman was out walking his dog when he heard a collision.

"As soon as I walk by that way, I just seen a bang and the kid was laying next to the bus stop," he said. "He wasn't moving."

Abdulrahman said the boy and his mom are known in the area and were likely trying to cross the street to get to daycare.

"She was crying," he said. "She didn't know what to do, she was shaking and she was shocked as well."

Fellow neighbours in the area say they're saddened by the collision.

"I can't explain how it was very hard to hear this kind of news," said family friend John Teklu.

Teklu said more traffic measures are needed on Victoria Street South.

"There isn't any lights so people don't know how to cross, people are always in fear, people always worry," he said.

The incident comes just days after a 7-year-old child was struck by a vehicle on Baintree Way in Cambridge.

That child was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been listed in stable condition.

Anyone who may have witnessed the Monday morning crash is asked to contact police.

UPDATE: A 2-year-old male child has been transported to an out-of-region hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The @WRPS_RPV will be assisting with the investigation. https://t.co/gShcSh5ve2

— Waterloo Regional Police (@WRPSToday) June 7, 2021