LONDON, Ont. — The father of Addison Hall, 6, who died after a car reversed and smashed through the front doors of a Costco on Friday, says the family is “beyond devastated” after losing their “vivacious angel.”
The car also struck Addison’s three-year-old sister Miah Bozek, and eight-months pregnant mother Danah McKinnon Bozek.
Miah was still listed in critical condition on the weekend as was her newborn sibling who was delivered by emergency caesarean-section Friday.
McKinnon Bozek’s condition has been upgraded to fair.
“There doesn’t seem to be words that can appropriately describe just how amazing (Addison) was, to people that didn’t know her. She was the epitome of a little girl. Bright, Funny, Happy, Caring, Sweet, Thoughtful, Witty, Smart as a whip, with eyes that would stop you in your tracks!” Eric Hall wrote in a statement.
“Our lives are forever changed and our hearts will ache until we get to see her again!”
He said Addison’s death has many people mourning, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, stepfamilies, friends and “complete strangers who held their kids a little tighter today.”
He thanked people for their prayers.
A pair of girls' bikes sit against the house where six-year-old Addison Hall lived in London, Ont.. CRAIG GLOVER/QMI Agency
Meanwhile, storefront barriers like the ones the car reversed through and killed Addison are not governed by any provincial regulations.
Common at giant retailers, and at fast-food drive-thrus, the post-like barriers, or bollards, are meant to protect buildings and pedestrians from being hit by vehicles.
But Ontario has no rules on where the posts should go, or how far apart.
On the weekend, a Costco spokesman said it was premature to comment on the a safety review of the London store.
Calls to Costco for comment Monday at its head office were not returned.
A man carries a baby as he walks past flowers and stuffed toys left in memorial to Addison Hall, in London, Ontario on Sunday July 27, 2014. (CRAIG GLOVER/ QMI Agency)