Girl, 4, ‘fighting for life’ after being struck by vehicle in Hagersville

The Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a collision in Hagersville that left a 4-year-old girl in life threatening condition.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, Haldimand OPP and Haldimand paramedics responded to a collision involving paramedics.

Provincial police Const. Ed Sanchuk says a vehicle parked southbound on Main Street in Hagersville, occupied by a 80-year-old woman from Norfolk county, apparently accelerated in reverse.

The reversing vehicle crossed the northbound lanes of traffic, striking a sport utility vehicle, and then colliding with two children that were walking in front of their family members. A boy, 13, and girl, 4, both of Haldimand County, were struck. The 4-year-old was pinned under the car and dragged for several yards, police say, until the vehicle struck a building.

Sanchuk said the girl’s parents rushed to free her from underneath the car and then take her to a local hospital.

The 4-year-old was then taken to a Hamilton hospital, where police say she’s “fighting for life.” Her 13-year-old brother suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The remaining family members were not injured.

The woman driving the vehicle was uninjured, Sanchuk said.

Sanchuk said his thoughts are with the mother, father and two siblings that saw the incident.

Main Street between Parkview Road and King Street was closed for several hours Saturday.

The crash is being investigated by the OPP collision reconstruction unit.