UPDATE 2:45 P.M. - Kelowna RCMP say two 12-year-old girls suffered serious injuries when they were struck by a vehicle while crossing Gerstmar Road at an uncontrolled intersection about 8:30 Wednesday morning.
The injuries are not life threatening.
A third girl, also 12, suffered only scrapes and bruises.
All three were taken to Kelowna General Hospital for various treatment and were met there by their families. Investigators discovered that the vehicle’s windshield did not appear to have been fully cleared of frost and that visibility was likely a factor. The driver, a 28-year-old Kelowna woman, was apparently uninjured in the crash.
Central Okanagan Traffic Services investigators and an RCMP Traffic Reconstructionist were called to the scene to conduct a detailed analysis of the evidence and to determine any other causal factors.
The intersection did not contain a marked crosswalk.
The investigation is ongoing and no charges have yet been laid. A 28-year-old Kelowna woman could face potential charges of Drive Without Due Care under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Three girls walking to school have been taken to hospital with injuries, one believed to be serious, after they were struck by a vehicle at Gerstmar and Graham roads Wednesday morning.
According to witnesses a vehicle, with a foggy windshield, was travelling south on Gerstmar when the girls were hit.
"At about 8:26 this morning there were three young ladies that were crossing at the intersection of Graham and Gerstmar. They were struck in the northbound lane by a vehicle on Gerstmar," says Cst. Steve Holmes from the scene.
"We know we have the sunlight out this morning but there was also a possibility there was some glare and some frosting of the window that may have contributed to the driver's inability to see."
The impact is said to have sent all three girls into the air.
Holmes did not have specifics as to the exact extent of the injuries saying only they varied from minor to 'more significant.'
Gerstmar Road has been closed from Graham south while RCMP reconstructionists tend to the scene.
Holmes says pending the outcome of the investigation the female driver may face charges under the motor vehicle act.
Aside from being shocked by the incident Holmes says the driver was unhurt.
Elaine Anderson, a resident of the area for over 20 years tells Castanet a crosswalk is badly needed where the girls were hit.
"It is a terrible intersection and they need to put in a crosswalk, there is too many kids in the neighbourhood now and cars fly down Gerstmar and they fly down Graham and we need to have the lights so they can push the lights and walk safely... they are lucky they weren't killed today," says Anderson.
She has lived in the area over 20 years and it is growing and there are more and more kids
"People are trying to cross and people don't stop for you and you basically have to run across while the cars are coming," she says.
"They need to have a crosswalk here they need to have lights, they need to put up the lights so the kids cross safely and go to school. There has been many car accidents here, it is a terrible intersection."