On Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019, a young child was struck by a vehicle on Bagot Street in City Park, resulting in the child being transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:25 p.m. as the child was returning from a Queen’s summer camp outing at City Park. Kingston Police and Frontenac Paramedic Services responded, and the child was taken to hospital and placed under the care of physicians for his injuries.
“I want to personally extend my deepest sympathy to our camper and the camper’s family,” Queen’s University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane said in a statement issued on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.
“At Queen’s, our top priority remains the safety and well-being of our campers and staff. I have directed the Provost to ensure this incident is fully reviewed. I have also directed all staff at Queen’s camps to immediately review their safety procedures.”
Deane, like many on the scene during the incident, pointed to the fast-acting camp counsellors and witnesses for their diligent and compassionate response.
“I commend the actions of camp staff who acted quickly under very difficult circumstances. Counselling for any of those affected by this is being made available,” he said.
“On behalf of the university, I want to convey our continued support for the family.”
According to Kingston Police, the investigation into the incident is still ongoing, and level four reconstructionists were called to the scene to assist with the investigation. It is unknown at this point whether any charges have or will be laid in relation to the accident.
Kingstonist will continue to monitor this incident and provide updates as information becomes available.