A five-year-old boy is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Mississauga while attempting to cross the road on a bike on Tuesday.
Peel Regional Police say the child was struck by a northbound vehicle on Hurontario St., near Elm Dr., at around 5:30 p.m. The child was on his bike with his father when he was hit by a red truck. Police say he was dragged for a “short distance.”
The child was transported to hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead.
“At this time I am saddened to say that that five-year-old child has died as a result of the injuries that they sustained,” Const. Akhil Mooken told reporters on the scene. “On behalf of Peel Regional Police, we’d like to express our condolences to the family and friends of this child, and to all others that have been affected by this tragic incident.”
The Major Collision Bureau is investigating.
Area roads were blocked off.
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The driver of the vehicle that struck the child remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators, police said.
“I don’t know where exactly on the road they were. All I know is that, tragically, they were on the road when they were struck by the vehicle, and subsequently was dragged for a period of a short distance, which led to the tragic circumstances we’re in at this moment,” Mooken said at the scene.