Nanaimo man arrested
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An 8-year-old Nanaimo boy has sadly passed away after being struck by a truck while riding his bike on Sunday.

In a release, RCMP say that the incident occurred Sunday morning in the 1000 block of Nelson Street in central Nanaimo.

The boy was wearing a bike helmet and was with another sibling when he rode out of a driveway and collided with the truck, which is described as a F350 pick up.

Investigators say that alcohol, speed, and drugs are not believed to be contributing factors, and that the driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

The vehicle has been seized and will undergo mechanical inspection.

“This is just a tragic occurrence,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP in a release.

“Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the young boy and everyone involved.”

Nanaimo RCMP say that emergency first aid was performed “almost immediately” by several nearby good samaritans and attending first responders.

The boy was then transported to hospital for life threatening injuries, where he eventually succumbed to them.

“We would also like to acknowledge several bystanders who without hesitation initiated emergency first aid to the youth,” said O’Brien.

Police say that the bystanders who performed first aid left before investigators could speak with them.

Officers are asking to speak with these good samaritans. If you are one of these people or have information on the incident, Nanaimo RCMP asks that you contact them at 250-754-2345.

The investigation is ongoing.