Three-year-old killed after being struck by pickup truck at Raceway Park

Cassandra Bernard
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A three-year-old has died after being struck by a truck at the Raceway Park in Oyster Bed on Sunday afternoon around 1 p.m.

People interviewed at the scene said the driver of the truck was the child’s mother’s boyfriend. The family was visiting the Island for the weekend for the drag races and camping in Oyster Bed.

The 28-year-old driver of the truck was a participant in the drag races and was driving from the waiting area to the track area in his pickup truck when he accidentally struck the small boy who was riding on a bicycle at the time.

RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Leanne Butler said the driver did not see the child in his path.

The toddler was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The name of the victim is being withheld until all next of kin is notified.

Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in this accident, according to Butler.

“Unfortunately, it was an accident and the driver just didn’t see the boy, he didn’t even know that he hit him right away. Kevin Power, owner of Raceway Park.

The owner of Raceway Park, Kevin Power, said the accident occurred in the parking area where people camp out at the drag races.

“It happened about 25-30 feet from where they were racing. He was driving and was parking and the young boy was on a bike in front of the truck. He didn’t see him, the truck was too high,” Power said.

There were witnesses around at the time, and Power said the accident happened in an open area.

“The RCMP interviewed quite a few people, everyone was totally shocked,” he said.

“Unfortunately, it was an accident and the driver just didn’t see the boy, he didn’t even know that he hit him right away. The driver was very quiet and reserved … it was an accident.”

The RCMP investigation is continuing.





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Recent comments

  • Captain Canuck
    July 23, 2012 - 12:39

    It hurts to hear of this sad accident. I pray God gives you both strength to help heal from your very deep heartache.

  • kim
    July 23, 2012 - 09:25

    Such a traffic thing to have happen my thoughts go out to the family I have always been terrified when in any parking lot with my two little ones for this very reason I think all big trucks should be by law made to have those motion sensors on them so something like this can never happen again RIP sweet boy

    • Kevin Boughner
      July 23, 2012 - 11:30

      Why do people make ridiculous comments in the wake of tragic events like this? Mandatory motions sensors by law???? Obviously the poster does not understand what actually happened here.

    • From the past
      July 23, 2012 - 12:29

      My love to the family and espcially to this child's Mom. Our children touch our lives forever, and to lose one is the hardest thing indeed. Sadly, very sadly, this has happened before.

  • flo
    July 23, 2012 - 08:33

    What a terrible thing to happen .My prayers go out to the family and to the poor man who was involved. may GOD be with you all at this time.

  • Kinect
    July 23, 2012 - 06:49

    What does the photo of a burned out barbeque have to do with this story? Perhaps a story on cleaning up litter would be a better fit for that photo. Unless drinking and driving was involved, what is being insinuated with the photo? Thoughts and prayers to the families in this tragic event.

  • Lacey
    July 23, 2012 - 03:56

    Thoughts and prayers to the families involved!

  • Joyce
    July 22, 2012 - 23:39

    Such a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers for the entire family of this dear little boy.

  • Nor'easter
    July 22, 2012 - 22:28

    What a terrible thing to happen on a weekend of fun. So sad for the family, you are in our prayers may god look over you.

  • Kim M.
    July 22, 2012 - 20:21

    I am so sorry for your loss, as well as for the driver, my heart goes out to you. Words will never take away the pain, but know that everyone is saying prayers for you all! God Bless!