Students and school officials gathered on Friday to remember the five-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a city garbage truck.
Kayleigh Callaghan-Belanger died Thursday after she was struck by a city garbage truck in near Cliffside Drive and Kingston Road on Thursday afternoon.
“She was a very funny girl. She always came to school happy, that was Kayleigh,” the principal of the school said.
The memorial has grown significantly with dozens of flowers and stuffed bears.
“She made everyone smile. I’m still in shock. I still can’t completely comprehend what happened,” Kayleigh’s father said.
School counsellors have been at the school helping staff and students cope with the sudden loss.
Two other children, ages 6 and 13, were also hit by the truck, but have minor injuries, according to a CityNews report.
There is no word yet on charges.
Kayleigh’s viewing is scheduled for Monday and the funeral is set for Tuesday.
The intersection of Cliffside Drive and Kingston Road does not have a crossing guard – something parents had been lobbying for before before Kayleigh died.
Meanwhile, this neighbourhood doesn’t have sidewalks and some area residents are pushing for them to be built.
One resident has contacted City Councillor Gary Crawford about sending him a petition to have sidewalks installed.
Local residents have complained that there is no signage in the neighbourhood indicating it’s a school zone.