Mourners gather to remember 6-year-old killed by truck

Some 200 people attended a funeral service Saturday in Val-des-Monts, Que., to remember Kayla Filteau-Côté, who was killed by a truck in Gatineau earlier this month.

Kayla Filteau-Côté died after being struck near her Gatineau, Que., school on Feb. 12

Mourners gathered Saturday in a Val-des-Monts, Que., church Saturday to remember Kayla Filteau-Côté, who was struck and killed by a truck earlier this month. (Radio-Canada)

Mourners gathered at a Val-des-Monts, Que., church Saturday to pay their final respects to a six-year-old girl struck and killed by a truck near her school.

Kayla Filteau-Côté was hit Feb. 12 by a truck that had turned onto Migneault Street in Gatineau, Que., not far from École Carle where she attended kindergarten.

She was taken to hospital with serious injuries, police said at the time, and later died.

Some 200 mourners attended the Feb. 24, 2018 funeral in Val-des-Monts, Que., for six-year-old Kayla Filteau-Côté, who died two weeks earlier after being struck by a truck near her school in Gatineau. (Estelle Côté-Sroka/Radio-Canada)

"I have a hard time believing it happened. It's like I'm in a dream and I'm not waking up," said her grandfather Jean-Guy Côté, one of about 200 people who attended Saturday's service at Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church.

She could light up the whole family.- Ghislain Larocque

"This is the last time we will be with her," he said in a French-language interview with Radio-Canada. "We have to accept that."

Many of the mourners who spoke to Radio-Canada remembered a young girl with a big smile and boundless energy.

"Kayla was the little girl of the whole family. She was very warm," said her uncle, Ghislain Larocque. "She could light up the whole family within 10 minutes."

Burt Levesque, her step-grandfather, recalled with emotion "her smile, her energy, her joie de vivre".

"She will always be in our hearts," he said.

Gatineau police respond to calls of that a child was struck by vehicle on Migneault Street on Monday, Feb. 12. They later concluded that the fatal collision was an 'unfortunate accident.' (Reno Patry/Radio-Canada)

An 'unfortunate accident'

At the time of Filteau-Côté's death, Gatineau police said they were investigating whether the height of the nearby snowbanks played any role in the crash.

One week later, police announced that the crash was an "unfortunate accident" and that no charges would be laid against the truck driver.

With files from Estelle Côté-Sroka