A counsellor was on-hand yesterday at the elementary school in Verner to help children with the news that three of their friends were struck by a car over the weekend.

Three children in the Seguin family from Lavigne were seriously injured when a car hit them on the sidewalk in front of a North Bay church on Saturday.

The children, Francis, 14, Alexina, 11, and Calyx, 9, are being treated for serious injuries at the children's hospital in Ottawa.


Counselling was available for students at École Ste-Marguerite d'Youville in Verner on Monday to help them with the news that three of their friends were in hospital.

The acting principal at École Ste-Marguerite d'Youville in Verner said the two younger Seguin children attend the school.

“We are kind of missing them already,” Tina Legault-Ouellet said.

“There was definitely this need to talk about it and see what we can do in a more concrete way to transmit and forward our encouragements and our support to the family.”

North Bay police have laid dangerous driving charges against a 21-year-old man they say was driving the car that struck the children.

Another woman, who is not part of the Seguin family, was also injured, but is recovering.

Donations are being accepted at Caisse Populaire locations to help the family with travel and medical costs.

Meanwhile, the classmates of the Seguin children spent Monday working on get-well cards and posters.

“I think the students also need to feel that we are there for the family and we are taking some concrete actions to transmit our wishes that they will get better and will be coming back to us,” Legault-Ouellet said. “So they are getting arts and crafts and cards together.”