Charges likely against practising driver who hit girl

Police say there will probably be charges against a woman who was practising her driving skills in a community hall’s parking lot when she struck a girl. Amber Lefaivre, who is 11, was walking behind the car when a novice driver began to reverse.

CALGARY — Police say there will probably be charges against a woman who was practising her driving skills in a community hall’s parking lot when she struck a girl.

Amber Lefaivre, who is 11, was walking behind the car when a novice driver began to reverse.

Insp. Michael Waterston says the driver spotted the little girl, panicked and hit the gas.

The girl was struck and went flying through the air.

The car then slammed into a heavy stone planter.

The girl’s father says his daughter has a fractured pelvis, scrapes and bruises, but is going to be all right.

Waterston said police will probably lay charges against the driver, who has a learner’s permit, and possibly the passenger, who was acting as an instructor.