Boy, 4, and girl, 10, die of their injuries after being hit by car in Vaughan

A second child has died of their injuries in hospital following a car crash in Vaughan Sunday afternoon.

By BT Toronto

A second child has died of their injuries in hospital following a car crash in Vaughan Sunday afternoon.

Police said around noon, they received calls about a car going off the road on Athabasca Drive, just off Dufferin Street north of Teston Road, and hitting three people.

“A 10-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries,” police said in a news release late Monday evening. “Both children have since succumbed to their injuries in hospital.”

An adult male was also hurt and his injuries were non-life-threatening.

“The children were outside enjoying the weather, riding their bikes and a neighbour had come over to help with the bike chain,” explained York Regional Police Const. Laura Nicolle. “They were out on the driveway on their own property when the vehicle lost control, went off the roadway and collided with all of them.”

Photos from the scene show a black Mercedes sitting on a lawn, wedged underneath a tree and police evidence cones can be seen a few houses down.

Police said a 16-year-old driver from Richmond Hill was taken into custody.

Const. Nicolle said the crash happened in an area where the speed limit was 40 kilometres an hour, so officers would be looking at whether speed was a factor in the collision.

On Monday evening, police said they would upgrade the charges against the teen to two counts of  Dangerous Operation Cause Death, two counts of Criminal Negligence Cause Death, Dangerous Operation Cause Bodily Harm and Criminal Negligence Cause Bodily Harm.

Editor’s note: Police corrected the age of the driver to 16 years old after initially saying he was 17 years old and also corrected the age of the other injured child to 10 years old after previously saying she was 11 years old.

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