Her name was Christine.
She was 59 years old, out of the house and using a wheelchair.
A familiar face, Christine, who was Indigenous, often scoffed at busy, downtown Toronto squares.
Toronto Police said in a news release on November 23 that Christine died on November 18 when she was struck by a cement truck driven by a 56-year-old man near Sherborne and Dundas streets.
They are appealing to anyone who has seen it, including anyone with video footage of the area or incident, to contact them.
Many people were present around the time of this incident which happened at around 10 am and they saw what happened. Social worker Sarah Owens said her trauma was exacerbated as it took hours to retrieve the woman’s body from under the vehicle. toronto.com,
Owen and his associates were unloading food from a truck at All Saints Church and Community Center at the time of the accident.
“This is not the first fatal pedestrian collision I’ve seen in my time[in All Saints],” said Owens, who five years ago unsuccessfully advocated making the Sherborne-Dundas junction safer for vulnerable road users.
“(My efforts) never went anywhere,” she said, adding that many drivers ignore the number of pedestrians moving in and out of traffic at that intersection.
She said more signage, lowering speed limits and installing lane dividers, are simple solutions that will make a big difference.
Toronto Center MPP Suz Morrison agreed, “More needs to be done to ensure all vulnerable road users in our city are safe.”
In a November 18 statement, it pointed to the Vulnerable Road Users Act, which seeks stronger penalties for driving offenses that result in death or grievous injury to vulnerable road users. That day, his partners, MPP Jessica Bell, Bhutila Karpoche and Dolly Begum, reenacted the act.
“Today’s tragic incident highlights how urgently we need to take action on road safety in our communities. These preventable tragedies should never happen on our streets,” Morrison said.
local tribes. Christine Wong-Tam said she was “deeply saddened” by the loss of her constituent, who she said was “well-known to neighbors, community leaders and service providers in the Downtown East”.
She said the intersection has been on her radar for a long time because it poses a “considerable safety risk to pedestrians in the area.”
The Toronto Center representative also said that a “significant homeless population” that lives in shelters, or uses services daily in that area, is in need of more support, particularly more affordable and supportive housing.
“We have seen over the years that they are an added risk for vehicular injury if they are left to fend for themselves without continued and appropriate social support,” Wong-Tam said in a November 18 statement. Sherborne-Dundas neighborhood.
“We know this will increase the opportunity for structurally vulnerable and marginalized individuals to access healthy and adequate homes.”
He also said that with pedestrian fatalities across Toronto, the city’s Vision Zero initiative should be prioritized.
Wong-Tam wrote, “We must continue to invest every available resource to address traffic safety concerns and understand how other structural inequalities affect road safety for different communities, especially in the Downtown East.” “
“Today is the first time we have seen sad results when these systemic barriers are not addressed.”
Those who work to support low-income and non-residential individuals say access to decent, affordable housing and adequate assistance will ensure that people do not need to risk their lives to survive Is.
The day after Christine’s death, Diana Chan McNeely of the Toronto Drop-In Network and street nurse Roxy Danielson took to Twitter to share their thoughts.