Girl killed after new driver hits 4 people at strip mall
A memorial is growing outside a suburban strip mall to honour a six-year-old girl who was tragically killed by a learning driver on Sunday.
The girl, who has been identified online as Kianna Moreau, was struck along with her mom, another woman and an elderly man in front of a Port Coquitlam strip mall shortly before 4 p.m.
They were all taken to hospital, but Kianna couldn’t be saved. The little girl succumbed to her injuries Monday morning.
Mounties said it appears the driver of a blue SUV lost control while turning right from Shaughnessy Street onto Lions Way and crashed into a crowd of people.
Witness Florin Grigore said he felt sick watching the accident unfold.
“When I saw the little girl going into the car, she was just running and caught in between the cars, I felt something in my stomach,” she said.
“My wife just started screaming, ‘Where’s that little girl? Where’s that little girl?’”
The elderly victim has been treated for minor injuries while the two women remain in hospital in serious condition.
The driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Mounties said the driver was following the ICBC-mandated rules for people with learner’s licences, and that there was a qualified supervisor in the car with her.
The property manager of the strip mall told CTV News children often cross the parking lot to reach a nearby park.
“Since this park has opened we’ve had an increase of children running through the parking lot while parents are taking out strollers and lunches. Because it’s exciting -- every kid wants to go to the park,” Clarissa MacDonald told CTV News.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for Kianna’s memorial and support her family. To donate, click here.