A two-year-old boy died Sept. 20 in Shamattawa after being hit by a vehicle.
Shamattawa RCMP officers responded around 4 p.m. Friday to the community’s nursing station, where the boy was taken after being hit and pronounced dead.
The victim was near his residence on Jackfish Road when he was hit. The driver of the vehicle said she was driving around the rear of the residence when the boy suddenly appeared and she could not stop in time.
Alcohol and speed are not considered factors in this collision, which Shamattawa RCMP continue to investigate.
Shamattawa First Nation Chief Eric Redhead said that the death was devastating in a statement issued by Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO).
“This is an unfortunate accident,” said Redhead. “Our children are sacred and the loss of this young boy is impacting everyone in our community. We are all experiencing shock and devastation. We are still trying to process the loss of this precious little life.”
MKO’s Mobile Crisis Response Team and other resources are being deployed to Shamattawa to help the community cope with the tragedy.