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UPDATED: Gonzaga student, 15, dies after being struck by SUV on Britannia Rd.
BY KELLY ROCHE
A 15-year-old Mississauga girl who died after being struck by a vehicle in the city’s north end is being mourned by family and friends.
Madeleine Petrielli was pronounced dead in hospital, where she was rushed with life-threatening injuries Friday night.
“I love you Madeleine…I can’t write more than this because my tears are blinding me,” reads a social media post by Petrielli’s mother Nicole Burnat. “I love you my little angel. I love you, I love you, I love you so much.”
A vigil was held Saturday for the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School student at the site of the collision near the Erin Mills-Meadowvale border.
A witness says the girl and her boyfriend were jaywalking at a red light, trying to catch a bus, and the eastbound SUV which struck her on Britannia Rd. wasn’t speeding.
Petrielli’s boyfriend reached the median uninjured.
The man in his 70s, driving an older model metallic Honda CR-V, remained on scene co-operating with police.
The driver’s side front light broke off entirely; the vehicle was parked on the shoulder for hours Friday as police closed the road to investigate.
More than $5,000 has been raised in a GoFundMe campaign covering funeral costs for Petrielli, known as Madie.
“Madeleine is a beautiful girl, she is so smart, brave, beautiful, funny and sweet. No words can describe how much she means to me,” wrote Dominique Boodan, adding “I love her to the moon and back and she will live on [in] our hearts for forever.”
It’s too early to tell if the driver is facing charges, Peel Regional Police Const. Paolo Carretta said early Saturday. As of Sunday, no charges have been laid.
Serious #PRPMVC pedestrian struck near Glen Erin Dr and Britannia Rd W, avoid the area, unknown injuries, updates to follow.