Students at a Penticton school are mourning the death of a five-year-old classmate — who was fatally run over yesterday by an off duty police officer.
Holy Cross School Principal Shawn Campbell says the news has hit the school hard — and many of James McIntosh’s classmates still haven’t processed it.
“I think it will take a little while for them to really absorb the loss. They’ll see day by day that young James is not with them, and I think over time it will sink in.”
Campbell says the school has brought in grief counsellors both for students — and for staff — who miss the energetic and well liked young boy.
“He was a very exuberant young man, just a bundle of energy, the type of energy that just didn’t quit. He was a well-liked student, he was the kind of kid that got along with people and just wanted to be a little kid. Just having that spirit, he’s going to be missed.”
McIntosh was struck around 5 p.m. yesterday while crossing an intersection at Highway 97 while riding his bike with his father and older brother.
Ralph Krenz of the Independent Investigations Office says the Mountie was making a right-hand turn when he hit the boy, who apparently was using the crosswalk correctly.
Krenz couldn’t say what caused the crash.