Pedestrian Fatalities in Toronto… sick

Toronto area pedestrian deaths up to 14 this month
CBC – 01/25/2010

A woman was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle Monday as she crossed an intersection in Toronto’s west end while a man who was injured after being hit by a streetcar this weekend has also died.

The woman, 38, was hit by a Dodge Durango at the intersection of Davenport Road and Symington Avenue at around 6:30 p.m., Toronto police told CBC News.

The driver was travelling northbound on Symington and attempted to make a left turn onto Davenport as the woman crossed, Sgt. Tim Burrows said.

“We’re still talking to witnesses, but our understanding is that … [the vehicle and the pedestrian] were both travelling with the green light.”

The woman was pinned under the car and died at the scene, Burrows said. The driver of the Durango is co-operating with police, he added.

The intersection was closed Monday night as authorities investigated.

Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man who suffered severe head injuries after being struck by a streetcar in the city’s east end died in hospital on Monday, Burrows said.

The pedestrian was hit while crossing from the south side of Queen Street to the north near Broadview Avenue just after midnight on Saturday.

No charges have been laid in either case.

Fourteen pedestrians in the Greater Toronto Area have died in as many days.

As a pedestrian, it sickens me that people in cars neglect to notice anything. In half of the instances in the last 14 days, the pedestrian has had the legal right of way, and the neglect of the driver has resulted in their death.

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