Jamie McIntosh, 5-year-old killed by car, mourned at Penticton school

Parents and staff and students at Holy Cross Elementary School in Penticton, B.C., are in mourning after a five-year-old student was struck and killed by a truck driven by an off-duty police officer yesterday evening.

Collision happened around 5 p.m. PT Tuesday at the intersection of Fairview Road and Highway 97

Two teddy bears and a bouquet of flowers sit on the sidewalk near the Penticton intersection where James McIntosh was struck by a car on Tuesday evening. (Brady Strachan/CBC)

The father of a five-year-old boy, who was killed yesterday while crossing the street in Penticton, B.C., says the off-duty officer driving the truck had no idea he had hit the child.

Brian McIntosh says he was crossing the street on a green light with his dog and two sons, who were pushing their bikes, when the incident happened.

"I don't know where he came from. We started to cross — seconds later my son was under his wheels," McIntosh said on Wednesday morning.

"He hit my son, stopped and went again. Obviously he didn't see my son. I'm yelling at him to stop. He started up again. He had no idea my son was under his tires. Then people flagged him down." 

In a news release Tuesday night, the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) said the collision happened at around 5 p.m. PT at the intersection of Fairview Road and Highway 97.

The boy was taken to hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

School community in mourning

Nadine Remington, whose son also attends Holy Cross, was at the crosswalk on Wednesday morning. She said the school community was shocked to hear of the death.

"I just wanted to lay a teddy bear … I can't imagine what they are going through. My heart is just broken and I know so many other parents at the school are just reeling from this," said Remington.

Holy Cross Elementary School in Penticton, B.C., released a statement identifying the boy as James Christian McIntosh, who was in Grade 1 at the school.

Principal Shawn Campbell said the boy was "an absolute dynamo whose energy was boundless."

Campbell described the death as an unfortunate accident and said the officer driving the car was inconsolably upset.

The school was bringing in grief counsellors and planning a mass on Wednesday, he said.

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact the IIO toll-free witness line at 1-855-446-8477 (TIPS).