British Columbia

North Saanich woman charged after crash that left 11-year-old with brain injury

A Saanich woman has been charged in connection with a Dec. 2017 crash that left an 11-year-old girl with life-altering injuries.

Girl was struck by an SUV in a marked intersection in Dec. 2017

A group of residents has called on the District of Saanich to improve safety on Ash Road after a young girl was seriously injured in late 2017 in the community north of Victoria, B.C. (Google Streetview)

A Saanich, B.C., woman has been charged in connection with a Dec. 2017 crash that left an 11-year-old girl with life-altering injuries.

According to a release from Saanich police, 21-year-old Tenessa Rayann Lyric Nikirk from North Saanich has been charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

The crash occurred on Dec. 20 around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Ash Road and Torquay Drive in the district immediately north of Victoria on Vancouver Island.

The girl was crossing Ash Road at a marked crosswalk when she was struck by an SUV travelling east bound on Ash Road.

She was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent nine surgeries at Victoria General Hospital. She returned home in June, but has a brain injury that prevents her from communicating. 

An appearance in the case has been scheduled for Nov. 7 in Victoria Provincial Court.

Since the crash, a group of concerned residents called on the District of Saanich to make improvements along what it calls a dangerous stretch of road.

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