Charges laid after teen siblings hit by vehicle, seriously injured on Halloween
Twin siblings are in hospital after they were struck by a vehicle while trick-or-treating in the city’s Don Mills neighbourhood on Halloween night.
Investigators said three teens, all believed to be 13 years old, were walking on the sidewalk near Lawrence Avenue at around 8:30 p.m. when a Honda CRV veered off the roadway and struck them.
Police believe the CRV was travelling west on Lawrence Avenue when it rear-ended a Hyundai causing the CRV to stray from the roadway and in the direction of the teens. They said the teens were on the north sidewalk when they were struck.
A girl and her twin brother were rushed to Sick Kids Hospital with serious injuries immediately following the crash. According to police, the boy suffered serious injuries while the girl was initially reported as being in life-threatening condition.
Toronto Police Const. Clint Stibbe confirmed to CP24 on Tuesday morning that the girl’s injuries have since been upgraded to serious and that she is expected to be okay.
The third teen, a 13-year-old boy, sustained minor injuries as a result.
According to Toronto Police Sgt. Brett Moore, the CRV was travelling approximately 100 km/h in the area where the posted speed limit is 60 km/h.
“He just missed me. He almost hit my left side,” Laura Moldovan, who was driving in the area at the time, told CTV Toronto through tears. “He hit two cars and he (the car) was catapulted. I saw him go towards a bunch of kids and then I called 9-1-1.”
Witnesses told CP24 that two of the teens “flew in the air.”
As of Tuesday morning, small packages of Halloween candy could be seen strewn near the site of the accident.
Police arrested the 35-year-old driver of the Hyundai at the scene and charged them with impaired driving.
The 44-year-old male driver of the CRV has been charged with dangerous driving and criminal negligence.
Police will continue to probe the scene today.
“We need to keep that anybody who was in the area that may have seen something, it’s very important that we speak to you, so please contact us,” Stibbe said.