Saanich Police, here seen redirecting traffic, continue to look for the driver of the vehicle that sped away after hitting a six-year-old Saanich girl in the morning hours of Dec. 10 on Glanford Avenue. (Keili Bartlett/News staff)

Big sister credited with saving girl hit by car from more severe injuries

Saanich police continue to seek driver who left the scene Monday

Saanich Police continue to search for the driver of a vehicle that left the scene after hitting a six-year-old girl, whose sister is credited with saving the youngster from more severe injuries.

“We’re still asking for the public’s assistance in locating the offending vehicle,” said Sgt. Jereme Leslie Tuesday morning, about 24 hours after a vehicle hit the girl, who was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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The girl was walking to school with her 15-year-old sister when they were hit in a marked crosswalk. Leslie said the the older sister grabbed the younger one by the collar and pulled her back, likely avoiding more severe injuries.

“The impact was likely lessened; however, I’d have to defer to a crash analyst for their input when they complete their report,” said Leslie.

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As for the vehicle, Saanich police are looking for a vehicle described as “boxy”, possibly a late ‘80s or early ‘90s model white Honda with a silver bumper.

They believe the vehicle would have damage to its passenger side mirror, and are asking the public with any information to contact them.


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