One child has been released from hospital and another is still being treated for injuries, after both were struck by a vehicle on Queen Elizabeth II Way by Arctic Ventures Marketplace in downtown Iqaluit, according to the RCMP.
"We believe that a vehicle coming out of the parking lot struck the two young children on bicycles," says Sgt. Yvonne Niego.
Police and emergency medical services arrived at the scene around 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, where they found the two injured girls, aged four and six.
Niego says police are still investigating the incident and cannot comment on whether the driver stayed at the scene. They’re asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call the Iqaluit detachment at 867-979-0123 or 867-979-1111.
"It's a busy time of year," says Niego, adding that Iqaluit has grown substantially in recent years. "A lot more vehicles, a lot more pedestrian and bicycle traffic has been happening. So people have to become more aware of living in a city like almost down south."
Niego says the area where the collision occurred is particularly busy.
In that area, "there's a high volume of all three areas with pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles," she says. "So the community has to come up with a way to separate those three perspectives. [It's] very difficult."
The accident happened almost one year after a four-year-old boy was killed after he was hit by a truck on the same stretch of road.
That collision happened on the other side of a nearby stop sign, a few hundred metres away from Arctic Ventures Marketplace.