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Car accidents: Teenager struck by vehicle

A 15-year-old girl is in serious condition after she was struck by a car, according to police. Officers in York Region, Ontario, were dispatched to the scene along with emergency medical personnel. As with most car accidents causing injury, this crash is still under investigation as of the current report.

According to the limited information released by police, the girl was reportedly struck by a car around 11:20 a.m. the morning of Aug. 24. It is unclear at this time what caused the crash, but it has been confirmed that the driver involved remained at the scene. Based on the report, it appears the girl was on foot when she was struck.

She was rushed to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with injuries described as life-threatening. Police have not yet filed charges against the driver involved in the crash, but they have not ruled out the possibility. Whether the individual faces charges will likely be determined by the outcome of the investigation currently being undertaken by the major collision unit.

When car accidents cause this type of grievous injury, Ontario law makes allowances to the victims and their families. Even if no criminal charges are filed against the driver, if it can be established that individual was negligent in a manner that contributed materially to the accident, the family of the underage victim will likely be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver in civil court. The family may be able to make use of evidence gathered by police and the major collision unit at the time of the crash.

Source: CTV News, "Girl in life-threatening condition after being struck by vehicle in Richmond Hill", Courtney Greenberg, Aug. 24, 2017

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