Two more pedestrians killed in Toronto over Family Day weekend
Two elderly pedestrians died over the weekend after being struck by drivers in separate incidents on opposite ends of the city.
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For two Toronto families, next Family Day weekend will be a memorial rather than a holiday.
Two elderly pedestrians died over the weekend after being struck by drivers in separate incidents on opposite ends of the city. Their unfortunate deaths bring the number of pedestrians fatalities in Toronto this year to seven.
The first victim, a 72-year-old woman, was hit and killed Saturday morning while crossing Finch Avenue West at Tobermory Drive.
Police did not say if the 78-year-old driver will be facing charges.
Michael Black of Walk Toronto said the tragedy “epitomizes what’s wrong with our streets,” noting that a number of older residents have been killed this year while crossing major suburban thoroughfares.
Black also wondered whether the extremely cold weather played a role in the crash, and urged drivers to be mindful of “bundled up” pedestrians who may have limited visibility.
The second victim was involved in a collision Feb. 10. The 84-year-old man was walking on the south side of Wedgewood Drive near Tobruk Crescent when he was hit by a Honda Accord that jumped the sidewalk.
The man was taken to hospital, where he died Saturday, police said. The crash remains under investigation.
City officials are in the midst of drafting a new road safety plan, and have pledged to address speed on suburban arterials and make Toronto’s streets safer for seniors.