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Student struck by car on Cootes Drive path

Parent calls on city to prevent further accidents

Craig Campbell,Published on May 02, 2008

A Dundas father is calling for safety improvements between Cootes Drive and the paved trail next to it after his daughter, a 22-year-old McMaster University student, was struck by a car while walking the family dog two weeks ago.

Malcolm Skingley said his daughter, Jennifer, suffered a concussion and neck injuries. She must go back to the hospital for further tests and rehabilitation.

Ten days after the accident, Jennifer was still suffering headaches, her father said Tuesday.

"I see a lot of people, seniors and people with children, walking on that path," Mr. Skingley said. "But there are no signs or safety barriers to keep cars off the path."

He believes the city should be pressured into making safety improvements between Cootes Drive and the paved trail, to prevent vehicles from accessing it.

"I don't have any choice but to do something about it. I'm involved in it now," he said. Mr. Skingley said there is nothing to prevent an incident like the one that happened to his daughter.

"She was studying at home and she took the dog for a walk to clear her head," he said.

Fire services spokesperson John Verbeek confirmed firefighters responded to the report of a person and dog being struck by a car next to Cootes Drive at 12:03 a.m., Friday, April 19.

Police and paramedics were already on scene when firefighters arrived, so they assisted paramedics in preparing Jennifer for transport to hospital.

Glenn Jarvie, a Hamilton Police Service staff sergeant in emergency support services, did not have the final report on the incident as of Tuesday afternoon.

http://www.dundasstarnews.com/news/article/126672

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