When a car smashed through the glass front of a Laval daycare yesterday, owner Christina Strigas says it was "mayhem."
She said she was in her office at the Face-à-Face daycare doing paperwork when she heard the crash.
“My teacher ran in to tell me … she didn’t even speak, I just saw the terror in her face,” Strigas told CBC Daybreak host Mike Finnerty.
'Her face was right next to the tire' - Christina Strigas, owner of Face-à-Face
Strigas said she raced outside her office to see a car parked inside the classroom.
Bystanders and staff from the restaurant next door rushed in to help.
“I was screaming lift the car, lift the car… they lifted it and I went under,” Strigas said.
The first child she pulled out seemed to be OK, but Strigas said the second pre-schooler, who was trapped faurther underneath the vehicle, was in a bad state.
“When I found her she was under the car and her face was right next to the tire.”
“She was bleeding and her lips were a little blue. There was blood coming out of her mouth and I laid her down quickly and I breathed into her so she could breathe.”
The girl remains at the St-Justine hospital.
Strigas said she has met with the families and the girl is in a stable condition, although she does have several fractures and facial injuries.
She said doctors will observe the four-year-old for several days until the swelling goes down in her face so they can decide if surgery is necessary.
Two other girls were also rushed to hospital yesterday afternoon, and they have since been released from care.
Driver not likely to face charges
The 80-year-old driver was taken to hospital, and investigators met with her Wednesday afternoon.
Police said they don't expect to lay any charges.
Laval police Const. Franco Di Genova said surveillance video shows her car missing the entrance of the parking lot, as she drives inside.
The car then swerves to avoid hitting another vehicle, and crashes through the daycare's plate-glass window.
Police say the driver's record shows no recent major accidents.
She is expected to undergo a driving test.