A seven-year-old boy was transported to Guelph General Hospital and then airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital on Wednesday morning with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a courier truck while riding his bicycle northbound on Line 86 near West Montrose. He veered across two lanes of traffic in an attempt to enter Halm Road before being struck. His nine-year-old brother accompanied him, but was uninjured. Waterloo Regional Police kept the road closed until roughly 2 p.m. to complete their investigation. They don’t anticipate any charges will be laid.
Boy succumbs to injuries after being hit by truck
Seven-year-old Abner Martin died in hospital on Sunday morning after being hit by a courier truck on Line 86 last week.
Abner and his nine-year-old brother were riding their bikes to school along Line 86 between West Montrose and Ariss on the morning of Jan. 6. The boy cut across two lanes of traffic in an attempt to enter Halm Road and was struck by the truck.
He was initially transported to Guelph General Hospital before being airlifted to McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton with massive head injuries. He was taken off life support on Sunday.
Line 86 was closed for several hours while police investigated.
Police say the weather and road conditions were clear and dry at the time of the incident. They believe Martin was wearing a helmet when he was struck, but didn’t have it strapped on properly, rather it was resting on top of his winter hat.
Along with wearing proper safety equipment, police would like to remind the public that while riding a bike along major routes in the area, to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings before changing direction or crossing roads.
Police say no charges will be laid against the driver of the courier truck.