At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 the Niagara Regional Police Service, along with the Niagara Emergency Medical Services and the Pelham Fire Department responded to reports of a 3-year-old boy being run over by a riding lawn mower on the family’s residential property in the Town of Pelham, within the Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario.


Police say that initial investigation revealed that a 32-year-old Pelham man was cutting his grass on a riding lawn mower.  His soon to be 3-year-old son had previously gone into the house, but had unknowingly come back outside.  As the Pelham man was cutting the front lawn, his 3-year-old son was following behind the lawn mower and as the Pelham man reversed the lawn mower it struck the 3-year-old boy, knocked him to the ground and ran him over.

An off-duty Hamilton Paramedic Supervisor came his neighbours aide and in cooperation with Pelham Fire Fighters assisted the Niagara Emergency Medical Services in stabilizing the boy and transporting him to the Niagara Health System from which he was flown to an out of region hospital where the boy remains in critical condition.

At the request of the family names of the involved parties are not being released and the Niagara Regional Police Service asks that you respect the privacy of all those involved.

This incident remains under investigation by Detectives of the Niagara Regional Police Services Collision Reconstruction Unit. Any witnesses with information regarding this collision are asked to contact Investigators at (905) 688-4111, extension 5500.

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