Boy, 8, dead after crash on St. Anne's Road
Boy was Grade 3 student at École Varennes, school division says
An eight-year-old boy hit in a crash at a crosswalk on St. Anne's Road Tuesday morning has died, Winnipeg police say.
Police said the boy was walking across the street sometime before 8:20 a.m. CT when a northbound vehicle hit him near the corner of St. Anne's Road and Varennes Avenue in St. Vital.
The boy was a Grade 3 student at nearby École Varennes, according to a statement posted on the Louis Riel School Division's website Tuesday.
"The family and the school community have been notified and tomorrow morning classroom teachers will share the news with their students about the loss of a classmate," the statement said.
Winter clothing could be seen strewn across the northbound lanes of St. Anne's following the collision.
The driver involved in the crash stayed at the scene until police arrived, Winnipeg police Const. Rob Carver said.
Natasha Berthelette has a clear view of the intersection from the Dairy Queen across the street, where she has worked for the past seven years.
She says the intersection is dangerous.
"Cars never pay attention. They always just drive by, even if the [crosswalk] light's on," she said.
Her sister was nearly hit while crossing the street a couple years ago, she added.
"My sister was pretty shook after that. She was pretty scared," Berthelette said. "It's pretty dangerous. I feel scared walking across the street here."
The school division said supports will be available for students and families over the coming days.
"We are committed to providing a supportive space for the expressions of grief for staff and students to be able to cope with the loss of a student and classmate," the division's statement reads.
"Our hearts and our thoughts are with the family and friends at this time of great sadness."
With files from Austin Grabish and Meaghan Ketcheson