A 10-year-old in Nanaimo has been airlifted to hospital in Victoria with serious injuries after he was hit by two drivers while riding his bike, according to RCMP.
Around 4:45 p.m. on Aug. 24, the child was riding their bike down a steep driveway and suddenly rode onto Howard Avenue near the Nova Street intersection.
“We had a report of a 10-year-old youth who was hit by two cars when he was riding on his bicycle,” said Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien. “We arrived on scene, bystanders were doing emergency first aid, they were then replaced by fire crews. The child was seriously injured with potentially life-threatening injuries.”
Police say the 10-year-old boy entered the road from a driveway at 487 Howard Avenue and was hit by one vehicle, then immediately hit by a second vehicle in the other lane.
“So we talked to the driver, we obtained dash cam video as well,” added O’Brien. “We talked to witnesses and what it appears to have happened is, the youth was on his bicycle with no helmet coming down a very steep driveway on Howard, went directly into the traffic when he was hit by a southbound car then he was spun into the next lane and hit by a northbound car.”
Both drivers remained at the scene and assisted with first aid and are cooperating with police.
Nanaimo RCMP say the preliminary investigation indicates that speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash.
The investigation is underway, and police do not have an update on the child’s condition.