Driver that killed girl at Toronto intersection charged

A young girl at a memorial for Georgia Walsh Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Millwood Rd and McRae Dr....

A young girl at a memorial for Georgia Walsh Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Millwood Rd and McRae Dr. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:38 PM ET

TORONTO -- The driver of the minivan that struck and killed six-year-old Georgia Walsh two weeks ago has now been charged.

The announcement Thursday from police prompted the little girl's parents -- John Walsh, president of the Conservative Party of Canada, and his wife Jillian -- to issue a statement expressing their gratitude.

"We thank them for their exhaustive investigation," the couple said of police. "At this time we pray for all the families involved in this tragedy."

The Walshes, who offered no further comment, asked for privacy while they deal with their loss.

The couple's daughter was crossing the street in the Bayview and Eglinton Aves. area just after 4 p.m. July 16 when she was struck by a Toyota Sienna.

The driver, a 50-year-old man, was allegedly in the midst of making a right turn when he hit the little girl.

Georgia suffered severe head injuries and was rushed to the Hospital for Sick Children, where she died.

Police say the man who was behind the wheel of the minivan is charged with failing to stop at a red light and careless driving.

The accused, whose identity has not been released, is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 8.


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