Oceanside RCMP are looking for witnesses to a motor vehicle accident involving an eight-year-old boy in Qualicum Beach.
The boy was struck by a passing motor vehicle in the 600 block of Village Way on Thursday, March 31, at approximately 3:15 p.m., according to a news release.
The child was crossing the highway on a bicycle. The driver of the vehicle stopped immediately and has been cooperating with police.
The child suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment.
Witnesses reported that the boy was crossing the street on his bike and rode into the path of the oncoming vehicle. There was no crosswalk at the location, and the boy was not wearing a helmet. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the collision.
Oceanside RCMP, in partnership with a collision analyst from Central Vancouver Island RCMP Traffic Services, continue to investigate.
“With the recent good weather that we have been experiencing, this is a timely reminder for parents and guardians to speak with their children about the importance of wearing a helmet at all times when riding a bicycle,” said Cpl. Don Helgeson, Acting Operations NCO.
Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Cst. Jones of the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111.
— Oceanside RCMP