Van hits boy in Maple Ridge crosswalk

Airlifted to hospital with injuries but police say he's doing well

  • Jun. 8, 2012 7:00 p.m.
A boy was airlifted to hospital after he was hit by a vehicle at Burnett St. and Lougheed Hwy. Tuesday afternoon.

A boy was airlifted to hospital after he was hit by a vehicle at Burnett St. and Lougheed Hwy. Tuesday afternoon.

A 12-year-old boy was rushed to hospital Tuesday after he was hit by a van while crossing a road in Maple Ridge.

The boy and three friends were in a marked crosswalk on Lougheed Highway at Burnett Street when a five-tonne van, which was unable to stop in time, struck him.

Ridge Meadows RCMP have charged the driver with a Motor Vehicle Act offence of failing to yield to a pedestrian.

The boy was airlifted to hospital with a cut to his head, but police said he is doing well.

The accident has Maple Ridge residents calling for the speed limit to be reduced along the stretch of highway.