Child struck by falling tree

The Williams Lake RCMP responded to a number of calls on the weekend, including a report of a child being struck by a tree.

  • Sep. 17, 2012 4:00 p.m.

The Williams Lake RCMP responded to a number of calls on the weekend, including a report of a child being struck by a tree.

• On Sept. 15, at about 3:37 p.m., the Williams Lake RCMP received a report of a single vehicle incident on Hodgson Road at Birch Lane.

Police say a black Toyota rolled down Hodgson Road almost hitting another vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that was rolling out of control got out of his vehicle and left the scene in another vehicle. Police attended the scene and initiated an impaired driving investigation. The matter is still under investigation.

• Later, at about 6 p.m., police were dispatched to a complaint of a collision between two vehicles in the parking lot of Save On Foods. One of the vehicles had been struck by a vehicle that had rolled approximately 100 feet. The driver had put the parking brake on but failed to engage the transmission. As a result, the vehicle rolled and struck another parked vehicle and the building. No one was injured.

• On Sept. 16 at 11:26 a.m. police received a complaint of an assault that had occurred sometime overnight near Deep Creek. Bear spray had been discharged in a residence and there was an assault. The matter is still under investigation by police.

• On Sept. 16 at 2:17 p.m. police responded to a report that a family was biking in front of a residence on Western Avenue in Williams Lake when a child was hit by a falling tree. After arriving, police found the child was on the sidewalk lying with her head and chest on her mother’s lap. The child was conscious and alert, police say. Emergency Medical Services arrived and transported the child to Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

The resident of the house where the incident occurred was in the process of falling a free on his/her property; however, the tree fell toward the road just as the child was biking past. The tree also struck a pedestrian walk sign and some of the branches hit the child on the back of the head. There was some damage to her helmet but otherwise she appeared she was shaken but unhurt, police say.

• On Sept. 16 at 9:51 p.m. police responded to a report that a residence on Fourth Avenue had been broken into while the owner was away. When returning, the owner noticed the basement door was open and basement lights were on. The residence was cleared and nothing appeared to be touched or missing.

The RCMP also responded to a number of bear complaints. (See story on this page).