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Boy, 4, dies after struck by vehicle near Mississauga school

Police investigate after a four-year-old boy was struck by a car and killed in Mississauga on Nov. 20, 2013.

A four-year-old boy has died after being struck by a vehicle near an elementary school in Mississauga.

He was walking with his mother to Artesian Drive Public School shortly after 8 a.m. when he was struck by a car at Artesian and Southhampton drives, in the area of Winston Churchill Boulevard and Highway 403.

The unconscious child was taken to Credit Valley Hospital before being airlifted to SickKids where he was pronounced dead.

The driver, a 78-year-old Mississauga man, remained at the scene and is co-operating with police as they investigate.

Witnesses told CityNews it appeared that the driver didn’t know what had happened until other vehicles began honking their horn to alert him to the accident.

The boy, whose name hasn’t been disclosed, was in kindergarten.

Area residents say they have complained about drivers using the school zone to avoid traffic on the the main routes.

“We have people yelling and screaming at cars every day saying slow down there are children walking,” one area resident explained.

Ruth Ellen, a crossing guard in the area, says drivers are even worse in rush hour.

“Some of them just race through here,” she explained. “A lot of them don’t even stop. It’s not even a rolling stop they’ll slow down and keep going.”

Ellen says she has almost been hit on occasion.

Grief councilors were brought into the school to help students cope with the accident.

There has been no word on charges.

CORRECTION: Police had earlier said the victim was a seven-year-old girl.