Hit by runaway tire, Iqaluit baby dies

The body of a five-month-old Iqaluit child who was killed Monday evening by a tire that spun off a flatbed trailer has been sent south for an autopsy.


The body of a five-month-old Iqaluit baby killed Monday evening by a runaway tire has been sent south for an autopsy, police said this week.

But RCMP in Iqaluit aren’t saying whether or not they’re contemplating criminal charges in the death of the child.

“There’s an investigation, and it’s still continuing,” Cpl. M. Lamarche of the Iqaluit RCMP detachment said this week.

Jamesie Qaunirq Mitsima, aged five months, was pronounced dead at the Baffin Regional Hospital Monday evening.

His mother, Lucy Qaunirq, had been carrying Jamesie on her back as she was walking north along the right-hand side of the Apex Road Monday evening.

Jamesie’s father, Joshie Teemotee had been carrying Jamesie’s twin brother on the other side of the road.

As a front-end loader pulling a flat-bed trailer appeared from behind Lucy Qaunirq, one of the trailer’s wheels flew off and struck the mother and child.

As of our press-time this week, Lucy Qaunirq was still recovering from numerous injuries at the Baffin Regional Hospital.

The front-end loader was driven by an employee of Kudlik Construction Ltd., a Keewatin company that’s performing a contract with the Town of Iqaluit in one of the town’s new subdivisions.

Cpl. Lamarche wouldn’t say whether or not the driver stopped after the accident.

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