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8-year-old boy in critical condition after being hit by vehicle in West Kelowna

06/23/2015 04:43 EDT | Updated 06/23/2016 05:59 EDT
An eight-year-old boy has been airlifted to B.C. Children's Hospital with critical injuries, after he was hit and dragged by a van in West Kelowna on Monday afternoon.

The accident — in the 2400 block of Ingram Road — left Jonah Loring with broken ribs and collapsed lungs, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help his family.

"Such a wonderful vibrant soul, Jonah is always concerned for others; and always has a smile for everyone around him," said Amber Geissler, the woman who set up the page. 

Geissler said Loring's parents, Steve and Candice, "are incredible people who work tirelessly to give their family a good life."

The injured boy's mother is a student who works closely with the Aboriginal community in Kelowna. Geissler hopes the GoFundMe page can help the family financially. 

"As a student, there isn't the opportunity to have a nest in place to cushion the financial burden of an emergency," said Geissler.

The fundraising page has a goal of $5000 and is already more than halfway there.

​West Kelowna RCMP said the 55-year-old male driver of the vehicle which apparently hit the boy remained at the scene after the collision.

No word yet on whether charges will be laid.

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