Police and Nunavut’s coroner continue to investigate an accident which killed a young boy in Iqaluit.
The 4-year-old died after being hit by a truck at the four corners near Arctic Ventures Marketplace on Monday. The accident has some people in the community calling for more safety measures.
Some say it was an accident waiting to happen.
“There are always children in that area, even small toddlers. It’s very important that people be more aware of their surroundings in busy areas, but it’s also very important for us to teach our children about safety and to help them understand to be aware too,” said Oopik Pitseolak, a long time city resident.
Claude Auban has been driving a taxi for 25 years. He said the lack of sidewalks and open walkways have been a concern for years.
“Kids are kids and you can never know when they are going to cross the street, when they might chase after a balloon or whatever, but it’s like that everywhere in the world and here it’s a little more dangerous because there is no protection for them,” he said.
Police have provided little information and won’t say if the driver will be charged or why the child was on the road.
Mayor John Graham is sending his condolences to the bereaved family. He’s also calling on residents to share any suggestions for improvements with the upcoming meeting of the city’s Safety Committee.