On a grim Friday, several pedestrians fell victim to vehicle-related incidents across the Greater Toronto Area, leading to multiple road closures and an outpour of concern from local residents and officials.
In one such incident, a young woman in her 20s faced life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle in Etobicoke near Browns Line and Jellicoe Avenue. This happened around 3:45 p.m., close to Lake Shore Boulevard West. Toronto Police, upon arriving at the scene, found the female victim with critical injuries. The driver, in a rare act of responsibility, remained at the scene. The injured pedestrian was immediately rushed to a trauma centre. Members of the Traffic Services unit are now meticulously investigating the circumstances that led to this tragic collision.
However, that wasn’t the only accident in Toronto. Earlier in the day, around 4 a.m., emergency services hurriedly responded to another report of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle. This incident transpired near Burnhamthorpe Road and The West Mall in Etobicoke. The male victim, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. Once again, the driver stayed on scene, aiding in the immediate investigation. Due to this, the eastbound lanes on Burnhamthorpe Road have been temporarily closed off from The West Mall.
Yet, the tragedies didn’t end there. Further into the morning, at approximately 10 a.m., an elderly woman in her 70s became another statistic when she was hit by a vehicle in North York, near Old Orchard Grove and Avenue Road. According to official statements, she was quickly transported to a nearby hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of this incident too remained on scene, assisting in the subsequent procedures.
Outside of Toronto, Peel police had their hands full when they had to respond to what they initially termed as a “possible multi-vehicle collision.” This was near Hurontario Street and Park Street East in Port Credit, happening around 7 a.m. Here, a man was struck, suffering severe injuries and being taken to a trauma centre. As an immediate aftermath, northbound lanes on Hurontario Street were closed, and the southbound part got reduced to a single lane.
Given the spate of incidents, authorities are urging drivers to exercise caution and are stressing on the importance of pedestrian safety. With investigations still underway, Toronto remains on high alert, praying for those affected and hoping for safer streets in the future.