Kitchener-Waterloo

Boy, 12, in critical condition after hit by truck in Cambridge

Police say a 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was struck by a transport truck in Cambridge Wednesday.
Police examine the bike of a 12-year-old cyclist who was struck at the corner of Hespeler Road and Can-Amera Parkway Wednesday morning. The child is in critical condition, and has been transported by air to an out-of-town trauma centre. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

A 12-year-old cyclist is in critical condition after he was hit by a transport truck Wednesday morning in Cambridge.

Sgt. Stu Church of Waterloo Regional Police told CBC the boy was on his bike along Hespeler Road near Can-Amera Parkway when he was hit. 

The helmet saved probably a life in this situation.- Sgt. Stu Church, Waterloo Regional Police 

"The 12-year-old cyclist has received life threatening injuries and has been transported by air ambulance to an out-of-town trauma center," he said.

The child was riding with a friend when the collision occurred. Police believe his friend was on the opposite side of the road, and the young cyclist was on the southeast side of the road.

Company responds

In a statement emailed to CBC News, the truck operator Diversco reacted to the incident.

"Diversco Systems is deeply concerned with the traffic incident that took place this morning involving one of our vehicles and a 12-year old boy on a bicycle in Cambridge," the company said.

"Our company and our driver are fully co-operating with the police in their investigation."

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

The tractor-trailer was turning onto Can-Amera Parkway off Hespeler Road in Cambridge, Ont., police say, when the 12-year-old cyclist who was crossing the street to meet a friend was hit. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Helmet worn

The boy "did have a helmet on," said Sgt. Church. "Which probably saved him from more head injuries than he is sustaining at this point."

"The helmet saved probably a life in this situation."

The family joined him at Cambridge Memorial Hospital before he was transported to McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton for treatment.

A police collision investigation team was on the scene until about 4 p.m. Wednesday, inspecting the vehicle and the roadway. 

Police blocked off the street for a number of hours Wednesday afternoon to investigate the incident, and examine the truck. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Full statement from Diversco:

Diversco Systems is deeply concerned with the traffic incident that took place this morning involving one of our vehicles and a 12-year old boy on a bicycle in Cambridge. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the child and his family and we are hopeful for a quick and complete recovery.

We are unable to comment on the specifics of the incident at this time. Our company and our driver are fully co-operating with the police in their investigation.


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