Nancy Guhl implores anyone who saw her daughter Ellie being struck by a car at a crosswalk on Lerwick Oct. 21 to contact police. File photo

Nancy Guhl implores anyone who saw her daughter Ellie being struck by a car at a crosswalk on Lerwick Oct. 21 to contact police. File photo

Mother of girl hit by car in Courtenay seeks witnesses

The mother of a girl who was struck by a car in a Courtenay crosswalk implores anyone who saw the accident to come forward.

Nancy Guhl’s 11-year-old daughter Ellie was crossing Lerwick Avenue when she was struck by a car turning left onto Lerwick from the shopping mall. Ellie and a friend were walking from the Aquatic Centre side of the crosswalk. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 21.

“There was a gentleman pulling out of the Home Depot parking lot turning left, and he hit my daughter,” Guhl said. “No one’s coming forward that they witnessed it.”

She notes, however, that one person came forward through her Facebook attempts to find witnesses.

“The witness said she went up on the hood and landed on her feet. So she walked off the road. He (driver) left the scene, he did not stay with my daughter. He did an illegal u-turn to get to where my daughter was, and he says he asked my daughter how she was (before he left).”

Some time later, she said two samaritans in a car turned around and stayed with Ellie until Guhl arrived.

“My daughter has broken her ankle before, and she walked on it all day and didn’t cry, so she has a huge pain tolerance, unfortunately. I need to know how she got hit, because I want to make sure she gets everything she needs, emotionally and physically. She’s a competitive soccer player and she does dance.”

Ellie has air casts on both feet and is in a wheelchair for the time being.

“It was an unfortunate incident,” Comox Valley RCMP Const. Monika Terragni said. “But we received reports from both parties. It was not a hit-and-run. If anyone did witness it, they’re more than welcome to give us a call. But we did speak with both parties.”

Witnesses can call the Comox Valley RCMP at (250) 338-1321. Quote file number 202017235.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Fifth Street Bridge requires structural improvements, new coating to repair and prevent corrosion, and deck repairs. File photo
Fifth Street Bridge repairs to proceed in Courtenay

The unofficial results are in for the Fifth Street Bridge Rehabilitation Alternative… Continue reading

Windy conditions in Nanaimo’s Lost Lake area. (News Bulletin file photo)
Wind warning issued for the east coast of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada says people ‘should be on the lookout’ for adverse weather conditions

BC Hydro will release higher volumes of water down the Puntledge River on Nov. 24-25. Black Press file photo
BC Hydro testing hydroelectric facility system along Puntledge River all week

Tests will result in high water levels, possible siren initiation

Chelsey Moore’s character Chloe in the upcoming virtual reality game Altdeus: Beyond Chronos. Screengrab
Black Creek actress finds success in a virtual world

Chelsey Moore lends her voice to a new video game set for release in December

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a street in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. reports 17 COVID deaths, 1,933 new cases as hospitalizations surge over the weekend

There are 277 people in hospital, of whom 59 are in ICU or critical care

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

All dance studios, other indoor group fitness facilities must close amid updated COVID-19 rules

Prior announcement had said everything except spin, HIIT and hot yoga could remain open

B.C. Liberal interim leader Shirley Bond speaks to reporters from Prince George via Zoom conference, Nov. 24, 2020. MLAs are being sworn in for the legislature session this week, many of them also by video. (B.C. legislature)
B.C. Liberal leadership contest will wait for election post-mortem

Interim leader set to face NDP on payments for COVID-19

Product Care offers more than <a href="" target="_blank">150 free drop-off locations</a> in B.C. (
Recycling broken or burnt string lights can reduce holiday landfill waste

In 2019, Product Care Recycling diverted more than 11.6 million light bulbs from landfills

Helen Watson, posing for a photo for her 100th birthday, turned 105 on Saturday (Nov. 21). (File photo)
B.C. woman who survived Spanish Flu turns 105

Helen Watson has packed a lot into life – including being in two pandemics

(Black Press Media files)
B.C. to test emergency alert system on cell phones, TVs, radios on Wednesday

The alert is part of a twice yearly test of the national Alert Ready system

Most Read