SYDNEY, N.S. — The mother of a 17-year-old boy who was struck and killed on a Cape Breton highway says he was bending over to tie his shoe as he walked home from a graduation party.
Jenn Hanna says her son Joneil was at a graduation house party in Leitches Creek, and began walking home with friends along Highway 223 after the party at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
She tells CTV Atlantic that he was struck by a car after stopping to do up his shoe and his friends pulled him out of the ditch to do CPR, but he died a short time later in hospital.
Police say a vehicle was seized at the scene, but they will not say if any charges will be laid.
Hanna says her son, who has an eight-month-old daughter, was a Grade 11 student at Memorial High School in Sydney Mines where grief counsellors were on hand Monday for staff and students.
Cape Breton Regional Police say they received multiple calls about the party and say hundreds of teens were present, but decided not to break it up.
The Canadian Press