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Head-On Collision Takes Life of Toddler: B.C. Car Crash Lawyers Report

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Posted on Jul 11, 2013

It’s one of those stories that our Vancouver car accident lawyers feel obligated to report, even though it's almost too devastating to talk about.

According to the Vancouver Sun, a 3-year-old child who was hurt in a head-on crash out in Salt Spring Island has passed away at B.C. Children's Hospital.

Per RCMP reports, a Volkswagen Jetta heading northbound on Fulford-Ganges Road smashed into a GM van heading southbound at the 2300 block. The Jetta's occupants included a 36-year-old mother and her two daughters, ages 3 and 5. They were all initially treated at Lady Minto Hospital, but their injuries were so serious that they needed to be air-ambulanced to more advanced facilities.

Both children were taken to B.C. Children's Hospital, while the mother was flown separately to Victoria General Hospital. The 3-year-old fought valiantly against her injuries, and dozens of rescue workers, doctors, and other caregivers participated in her care. Heartbreakingly, she succumbed to the injuries at the hospital.

The 43-year-old driver of the van was also hospitalized with more minor injuries.

The cause of the car crash remains under investigation. A forensics team closed a lengthy section of Fulford-Ganges Road to try to make sense of the collision.

The devastating nature of this crash—particularly the poignant details, such as the fact that the mother was separated from her daughter before the daughter passed away—makes the story difficult to report. Our hearts at McComb Witten go out to the family, and we hope that the 5-year-old and the mother recover swiftly and completely from their injuries.

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