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A seven-year-old boy who was seriously injured in a truck crash in northwest Regina last week is in critical condition at a children’s hospital in Saskatoon, his family said in a statement Monday.
Last Tuesday morning while Benjamin Duffer was waiting at the bus stop with his older brother and schoolmates, a black truck collided with several parked cars, two fences and a house.
Regina police have charged a 47-year-old man with driving a weak and dangerous vehicle.
The accused appeared for bail in the provincial court on Monday and appeared on the phone from custody. The judge adjourned his case until Thursday afternoon.
Dufour’s family say the boy has been transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit at Jim Pattison’s Children’s Hospital, where he is currently being injected and fainted.
Duphorin’s injuries include fractures to his skull, femur, hip and sternum.
“He is currently stable and has undergone several surgeries, but does not appear to have major traumatic brain injury,” his family said in a statement.
“We have been told that rehabilitation for Benu will be a long and difficult process.”
The GoFundMe page is set up to cover future costs associated with the treatment for the boy’s family.
A ‘rising TikTok star’ and athlete
Dufour’s family says the seven-year-old declares himself to be a middle – aged child who loves milk, and says he enjoys his leisure time catching Pokமொmon and taking Dictok videos.
He likes to be active by playing hockey, football and soccer.
Dufour had planned to go fishing and go to Flag Football Camp this summer.
“We are disappointed that Ben will not be able to do these things in the future,” his family said.
Dufour’s family says they appreciate the support of their relatives and many friends who love and care for him.
“Now everyone’s focus is on our sweet little Benjamin,” they said.