Flowers stand along the road and the flags wave at half-staff outside the Mother Theresa Catholic Elementary in Kingston, Ont. after a 10-year-old student died after she was hit by a vehicle outside the school Monday afternoon.
But while the community is mourning, the deaths have left some residents wondering whether more needs to be done to prevent future incidents.
Kingston police say they responded to a call from the school around 3:40 p.m., where they reported a serious accident with a student.
Sgt. Steve Koopman says the child was hit by a pick up truck and rolled into under the car.
“Unfortunately, she was hit as the vehicle was driving through the area,” he explains. “The driver of the vehicle had stopped immediately and has been cooperating with the police.”
The child was taken to the hospital, where she later died. Police will not disclose her name at this time.
No charges have been filed and police say the investigation into what happened is ongoing.
With three schools on Lancaster Drive, where the school is located, residents say it can get crowded towards the end of the day with students, cars and school buses.
There are speed bumps, and the city has made improvements to the road in the last few years, but Marijke Vandekraats, who has lived in the area for more than 30 years, says she would like more initiatives in consideration.
It may include traffic lights, she says.
“Everything, everything has to be considered,” she explains. “It never takes a death before something happens. Security is always number one. It is a preventive measure. We need preventative measures so that incidents like this can never happen. “
Although the exact circumstances of this case are still unknown, Kingston police say it is part of the investigation.
“Is there anything within the path that could potentially be changed or made better?” says Koopman. “We want to try to understand what has happened here and that it will not happen again if we have the ability to do so.”
On Tuesday, condolences and support from across the city poured in to the family.
Mayor Bryan Paterson tweeted a statement on behalf of the city council.
“A tragedy like this is affecting our entire community, and we mourn with all who knew this child and have been affected by her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the community in this heartbreaking time.”
A GoFundMe page has been created, which quickly exceeds the $ 15,000 goal. As of Tuesday night, it had raised $ 45,000 for the family.
Algonquin and the Lakeshore Catholic District School Board say they are deeply saddened by the death.
“This news is heartbreaking and a huge loss in our community … The board condoles the family with our deepest sympathy for this huge loss.”
The board also said a mourning team was present at the school on Tuesday to support students, staff and members of the local community affected by the tragedy.
–With files from Sara Capeloa, Newstalk 580 CFRA