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INSIDE: Arrest made in brazen casino and jewelry robberies Pg. 7 T H U R S D A Y February 14, 2013 3  N E W S , SPORTS, Baby survives crash in dad’s runaway car Sedan smacks SUV ROCHELLE BAKER A n Abbotsford baby is lucky to be alive – and uninjured – after crashing in a runaway car last weekend. According to police, a father strapped his 10-month-old son into a car seat before starting his vehicle at a home in east Abbotsford Sunday morning. However, the father left the car running, with the infant in the car, while he dashed into the house to retrieve some sunglasses. “When he comes back out, he sees his Japanese sedan has rolled down the driveway, across two lanes of traffic and slammed into a legally parked Toyota SUV across the street,” said Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald. A n A P D First reported @ patrol officer happened to be passing the scene as people, including the worried father, clustered around the two crumpled cars at 10:45 a.m., said MacDonald. Luckily, the baby who was properly strapped into his car seat, didn’t appear to be injured despite significant damage to the two vehicles, said MacDonald. Though the child wasn’t sent to hospital, it’s expected he’ll be going for a check-up with his family doctor. “The parent felt awful, obviously,” said MacDonald, adding the circumstances could have been much worse. “I’m sure the parents are quite relieved the baby wasn’t injured, but can you imagine if a vehicle had been travelling along that road?” asked MacDonald. “We could have had a T-bone crash, and a T-bone would have been nasty for that child.” What’s more, leaving an infant in a running car with keys in the ignition is an invitation for both car and child to be abducted by a thief, he said. “Road safety starts in your driveway,” said MacDonald. The police officer on scene issued the father a violation ticket. WEATHER & Mouat teen cashes in big E N T E R T A I N M E N T  ‘Kids deserve better’ ROCHELLE BAKER T he BC Nurses’ Union is worried about children’s medical care after a move to convert pediatric beds for adult use at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Fraser Health is using eight pediatric day care surgery beds to help absorb emergency room congestion, but stresses the change is temporary. Linda Pipe, BCNU Fraser Valley chair, said it’s not safe for kids to be housed with adults, and children may be forced to wait longer BC Nurses’ Union isn’t happy ARH is handing children’s beds over to adults in the ER ward or be transferred to hospitals in distant communities. “You’ve got adults mixed with children and it’s not SCAN TO always appropriate they are in the same place,” said Pipe. “They have to have guidelines for the types of patients they can admit, but sometimes you don’t know certain things about patients.” ARH is home to the only pediatrics department in the Fraser East region, and cutting back available beds SEE VIDEO might force the transfer of child patients to other hospitals, said Pipe. “Somebody from Hope may have to go to Surrey. It’s already a hardship for them to come to Abbotsford.” Nurses are also worried children will have to wait longer to be admitted, and there will be fewer beds to isolate children who might be suffering communicable diseases, such as respiratory illnesses or viruses, she added. David Portesi, Fraser Health interim executive director of pediatric care, said the beds in the ARH unit are under utilized and can be safely converted for adult patients to ease congestion. see BEDS, page A4 – JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES Linda Pipe, BC Nurses’ Union Fraser Valley chair, said it’s not safe for kids to be housed with adults at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Nurses held a rally outside the Abbotsford hospital on B.C. Family Day, Feb. 11, to protest the loss of pediatric beds at the facility. The Salvation Army of Abbotsford and Mission Would you help us provide warmth to those who need it? Your financial gifts help us provide appropriate seasonal clothing, nutritious meals and shelter to those who have none. Please call the Centre of Hope at 604-852-9305 to help us help others Together, we are making a difference in our community. Visit us on Facebook at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope - Abbotsford 34081 Gladys Ave. Abbotsford • 7221 Park St. & Lougheed Mission Independent Financial Services Bote Miedema, CFP 201-2190 West Railway Sreet, Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E2 Conservative Investment Advice Financial Advisor 604-851-4295 Member CIPF

Abbotsford Times February 14 2013

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