Teacher's vehicle hits student at Dartmouth elementary school

Philip Croucher, Metro Halifax
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METRO HALIFAX

For the second day in a row, a young child has been struck by a vehicle in HRM.

A Grade 3 student was hit by a vehicle outside of Ian Forsyth Elementary School in Dartmouth around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Halifax Regional School Board spokesman Doug Hadley says the student was hit by a vehicle driven by a teacher, who was backing into a parking space at what he called a low rate of speed.

Paramedics and police were called, but it’s believed the child’s injuries aren’t serious.

“It was before the start of the school day,” Hadley said. “(The students) were on one side of the school and going around to the playground when they teacher was backing into the parking lot.”

On Tuesday afternoon, a four-year-old boy was taken to hospital for precautionary reasons after being hit by a vehicle in Halifax.

Around 1:30 p.m, police say a 19-year-old man driving slowly on Harlington Avenue hit the youngster when the boy ran across the street in front of the vehicle.

The driver stopped quickly, police say, but still hit the boy, knocking him to the ground.

Police say the boy immediately got up and continued on his way.

The mother of the boy, who was in the area, took her son to the IWK Health Centre for precautionary reasons. Police say he sustained only minor scratches.

There was no crosswalk at the location, and there will be no charges laid.

Organizations: Dartmouth elementary school, Grade 3, Ian Forsyth Elementary School Halifax Regional School Board IWK Health Centre

Geographic location: HRM, Dartmouth, Harlington Avenue

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