Nova Scotia

Dartmouth boy hit by van, in coma

An 11-year old boy is fighting for his life after being involved in a possible hit-and-run while playing street hockey in Dartmouth on Monday.

An 11-year old boy is fighting for his life after being involved in a possible hit-and-run while playing street hockey in Dartmouth on Monday.

The boy was hit as he was retrieving a ball that went across the road.

"It was a hit and run, definitely a hit and run," said David Horne, who lives nearby. "I was in the grass area up there at the end of the building, I heard a bang, there's no reason why the driver didn't hear a bang from inside the vehicle. Something is going on here."

Police are investigating but no charges have been laid so far.

"The van did continue on, however it was located shortly after," said Cst. Brian Palmeter. "The driver and passenger were spoken to and cooperated with police, it's believed at this time they didn't realize they had struck the child."

The boy's cousin came soon after the incident.

"He's a fun little kid, jokester, really good at baseball, loves baseball," said the victim's cousin, Noah Sherman. "When I got here off my bus, they were all crying and trying to get to him but the paramedics wouldn't let them."

Neighbour Peter King was home with his children when the accident happened.

"I had just sent the kids outside and I heard the sirens going so I came running out the door," said King. "My heart was in my throat when I saw the young fella lying there."

Street safety

King said it's a dangerous street.

"We're constantly after the kids all the time to stay off the street, it's a bad little spot right there with a little blind crest," said King.

David Horne thinks more could be done to make the corner of Irving St. and Franklyn St. safe.

"We've got drivers going up and down this hill, going wide open, going over the speed limit and right on this corner," said Horne. "They should have a three-way stop sign and a couple speed bumps on the street."

The boy is in grade five at South Woodside Elementary School just down the road from where the accident took place.

He's in critical condition at the IWK Health Centre.

"They put him into a coma because he's doing really bad and they're trying to make sure he can get through it," said Sherman. "He's got a lot of swelling in the shoulders and the brain area and stuff. He's just really been doing really bad."

Police said the boy's injuries are life threatening. They're asking for the public's help if anyone has more information about the accident.

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