Driver charged after striking child, father in central Kingston

A Kingston Police Traffic Safety Unit vehicle. Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

A local driver has been charged after striking a child and his father on Wednesday morning, sending both to hospital.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2024, a four-year-old child and his 36-year-old father were at the edge of the roadway on Grenville Crescent when a Kia Soul struck both of them, according to Kingston Police. Police attended the scene of the incident along with Kingston Fire and Rescue and Frontenac Paramedics, the latter of whom transported both the father and son to hospital for medical treatment.

“The child was on a push scooter at the time of the collision. The father received minor injuries, but the child received facial and head injuries, as well as abrasions to other parts of his body that will require further medical care,” Constable Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, told Kingstonist.

According to police, the roadway was closed in the area while reconstruction officers with the Traffic Safety Unit joined those officers already at the location to process the scene. That process was completed by 3 p.m. the same day.

Grenville Crescent, indicated above with a red marker, is located in the Grenville Park area of Kingston, north of Bath Road and South of Princess Street. The child injured in the incident was headed to the bus stop at the time, on his way to Ecole Polson Park Public School, located just south of Bath Road. Graphic via Google Maps.

Later in the day, Anna Pacheco, Principal at Ecole Polson Park Public School, sent out a letter to families in the school community regarding the incident, indicating that the child that was struck by the vehicle is a student at Polson Park. Kingstonist was provided with a copy of the letter.

“While travelling to the bus stop this morning, a student was unfortunately struck by a car. The student was taken to the hospital by emergency services and is currently receiving medical care,” Pacheco wrote.

“Our thoughts are with this student and family, and we wish them a speedy recovery.”

The principal went on to acknowledge the incident was a “traumatic event” for those students and families who witnessed it, noting that the school is offering counselling and other supports to any students, and asking parents and caregivers to contact the school if they feel their child needs support.

“Today and over the coming weeks, you may be concerned about your child’s reaction or expressions of feeling about this incident. Many students will wish to talk with their families,” Pacheco concluded.

“I encourage you to let your child know that you are aware of the situation and that you will listen to their concerns at any time they wish to share them. Please feel free to contact school staff for information about the school’s support plan or if you have any concerns about your child.”

According to Kingston Police, the 62-year-old driver of the Kia, a Kingston resident, was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with careless driving causing bodily injury.

4 thoughts on “Driver charged after striking child, father in central Kingston

    • Hi Kate,

      As it says in the article, the driver was charged with careless driving causing bodily harm.

      Tori Stafford

  • This is such a tragedy. I would be interested to read a follow-up to this article. How are the child and father doing? What does the Traffic Safety Unit actually do? Will there be any physical changes/speed changes in this area to prevent cars from striking people?

  • This was the first accident of its kind to occur within Grenville Park in the neighbourhood’s 75-year history. Unnecessary driving speed, with disregard for the care needed at that location at that time of day, was the driver’s grievous mistake.

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