Published on July 09, 2014
Police markings remain on Main Street in Glace Bay, outlining evidence after two young children were struck by a motor vehicle at about 10 p.m. Friday. The children are recovering at the IWK hospital in Halifax.
Sharon Montgomery-Dupe - TC MEDIA
Published on July 08, 2014
Jennifer Burke of Glace Bay gets emotional while holding pictures of her children Destiny, 11, and Braydon, 8, who were hit by a motor vehicle in Glace Bay on Friday. Burke was leaving Monday to travel to Halifax to be with her children who are recovering at the IWK hospital.
Sharon Montgomery-Dupe - TC MEDIA
It was a traumatic experience for two teenagers who were at the scene when two children were hit by a motor vehicle in Glace Bay on Friday night.
Jordan Gouthro, 15, of Dominion, was with two friends in a car in the parking lot of St. Anne's Church on Main Street when the accident occured. He said a police car pulled up and stopped at the crosswalk.
"I was focused on the police car, not the kids," he said.
“The kids were either on the crosswalk or close by."
All of a sudden Gouthro saw something going over the side of the hood of a car.
"Then I could see sparks under the car. I told my friends we have to go over there to see if anyone needs help."
He described the vehicle as a sport-utility vehicle.
"Ducking down a bit you could see a bike under it."
Gouthro said he was about 15 feet away when he saw the children lying on the road.
“”I saw two little kids on the road, one was screaming in pain, the little boy wasn’t moving, his face was covered in blood,” he said.
"Seeing two little kids laying there was 10 times worse than seeing adults. Adults can defend themselves, little kids are too small to get hit like that."
He and his friends were most concerned for the boy because he wasn't moving at all.
"The girl was staying in one spot but moving her arms screaming. It looked like her leg was broken."
He said the girl was screaming for her father.
"The father was nearby. It was only two minutes, he was right there."
Gouthro said he and his friends were going to render assistance, but then saw a police officer there.
He said it wasn't long before a crowd had gathered.
Members of the Cape Breton Regional Police received a 911 call at about 10 p.m. Friday, after Destiny Burke, 11, and her brother Braydon Burke, 8, were hit by a vehicle while crossing Main Street.
Tony Angione — who recently gained custody of the children — had been in the downtown core with his kids picking up chicken and were on their way back to their home on Duke Street when the accident occurred.
Angoine said his children were about two minutes ahead of him, but have told him since they had stopped at the crosswalk, looked both ways and were about three-quarters of the way across when struck.
Colton Chiasson, 16, Dominion, was with Gouthro at the time of the accident. He said he can still picture the horrific scene.
"I know I'll never be able to forget it," he said.
"The little girl was laying in the middle of the road screaming. The boy was laying by the curb and he was unconscious. I thought the little guy was dead."
He said police on the scene were checking the boy's pulse.
"It wasn't even a minute later paramedics showed up and were working on the kids."
"After five minutes passed it was really crowded. There was people watching and people talking on the phone."
Chiasson said he read the update on the children on the Cape Breton Post website Tuesday and was relieved to learn the children are going to be OK.
"It was a relief as for a while I didn't think the little boy was going to pull through."
Annie Angione of Glace Bay, Tony Angione’s mother, said she did get to talk to her grandchildren the other day.
“Braydon said, ‘Hello Nana, miss you, love you,’ and Destiny said the same," she said.
"My family are all here with me. They are doing up a card with all the children’s names from around the neighbourhood. They are getting that done and sending it up to Tony and the kids.”
Desiree Vassallo, spokeswoman for the Cape Breton Regional Police Service, said an investigation into the accident is continuing.
"Police have been talking to and taking statements from witnesses."