March 31, 2017
As we've mentioned many times on this blog, everyone in and around Calgary owes each other a certain duty of care—a legal (and, in our opinion, a moral and ethical) responsibility to make sure their actions don't harm others. This is just as true on the roads and highways in and around Calgary as anywhere else, and perhaps even more so given the dangers inherent to operating heavy, fast-moving vehicles. That's why there are so many "rules of the road" to keep us safe, and why you have to demonstrate your driving knowledge and ability in order to earn a license to drive on public roads.
Usually, we here in Calgary and surrounding towns like Langdon are pretty good about taking care of each other, and about owning up to our mistakes when accidents happen. Not everyone shares that sense of responsibility, though, and hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians are all too common. The result can include very serious injuries or even death for the pedestrians involved, often in cases where immediate medical care could have made a significant difference.
But even some of these tragic hit and run accidents have a silver lining. A recent pedestrian hit and run that occurred in Langdon, several kilometers east of Calgary, is one such story.
Truck Swerves to Hit Girls Outside Calgary, Langdon Boy Delivers First Aid
As reported by Global News, the hit-and-run occurred at Henderson Road and 4 Street N.E., roughly 16.5 kilometers east of Calgary's Stoney Trail SE along Gilmore Trail, shortly before 6p.m. on February 17th. Witnesses say a black truck swerved towards two girls, striking them and then driving off. At least one of the girls was seriously injured, the truck striking her hard enough to knock her into a drainage ditch on the side of the road.
That's when 14 year-old Nicolas Junor's recent first aid training caused him to take action. Noting that she was unconscious yet still breathing, he covered her with a blanket and waited for EMS to arrive and safely move the victim, taking her by STARS Air Ambulance to Alberta Children's Hospital where she was listed in serious but stable condition. Junor's first aid class had taught him what to look for and what to do—and not do—based on the injuries he saw, and his actions may have helped save his classmates' life.
While the driver responsible for this hit-and-run incident may be a cause for anger and concern to everyone in the greater Calgary area, it's good to remember there are people like Nicolas, too, who are ready to jump in and lend a hand when they see their friends and neighbors injured and in need of assistance.
Injured in a Pedestrian Accident? Contact a Calgary Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a family member has been injured in a pedestrian accident in the Greater Calgary Area, you don't have to suffer alone. Get the help you deserve and get your life back on track—contact an experienced, compassionate Calgary personal injury lawyer today.
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