A woman is dead after she was hit in two separate hit-and-run collisions while crossing at a crosswalk in Scarborough’s Agincourt neighbourhood around midday Wednesday, police say.
The woman, whom police described as Asian in her late 70s, was crossing at the intersection of Midland Ave. and Sheppard Ave. E. with the walk signal when she was hit first by the driver of a right-turning transport truck and, minutes later, by the driver of a car, Toronto police Sgt. Brett Moore told reporters at the scene.
Neither driver stayed at the scene of the crash, Moore said.
According to witness accounts, the woman was first hit by the driver of a fuel truck with a blue cab and silver tank that was travelling east on Sheppard and turning right onto Midland, he said.
The truck struck the woman and knocked her to the ground before striking her with its back wheels, killing her, Moore said
The driver of the truck kept going, he said.
Several minutes later, Moore said witnesses saw the driver of a white car, possibly a Honda Civic, strike the woman again.
The driver, whom witnesses described as a young brown man, got out of the vehicle, saw what happened, and then drove away, Moore said.
“We know collisions are going to happen … the social contract is that you stick around, you don’t take off,” he said.
Police are currently trying to identify the woman and notify her family, as well as collect evidence from the scene.
Roads in the area are closed for the investigation.
Moore asked anyone with dash-cam or surveillance footage to contact police at 416-808-1900.
“We’ve got lots of community members here,” he said, adding that it is a “very gruesome scene.”
The woman is the second pedestrian killed on Toronto streets in less than 24 hours, following the death of a man who was hit while crossing Steeles Ave. E. at Laureleaf Rd. Tuesday night.
A 73-year-old man was left with life-threatening injuries in a separate crash on Sheppard Ave. E., near Markham Rd., Tuesday afternoon.
Including the woman killed Wednesday, 22 pedestrians have died on Toronto roads this year. They are:
- A 69-year-old woman who was hit while walking across O’Connor Dr., north of St. Clair Ave. E. on Jan. 8. She died in hospital on Jan. 16.
- Hang Vo, 58, who was hit and killed by a garbage truck in a laneway steps north of St. Andrew subway station on Jan. 15. A building manager who works in the area told the Star Vo, who was homeless, regularly slept in the area.
- A 75-year-old man who was hit by the driver of an Infiniti while crossing the intersection of Dufferin St. and Eglinton Ave. W. on Jan. 16. He died in hospital a week later.
- A man in his 60s who was killed in a hit-and-run collision near the intersection of Bathurst St. and Bloor St. W. on Jan. 17. Police said reports indicated he was hit by a garbage truck.
- A man who was hit and killed by a transport truck while walking in the eastbound express lanes of Hwy. 401 at the Yonge St. exit on Feb. 2.
- An 89-year-old man who was hit crossing Warden Ave., south of Bamburgh Cir. on Feb. 16. He died in hospital almost three weeks later, on March 7.
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- A 62-year-old woman who was hit and killed by a TTC bus near the intersection of Bloor and Sherbourne Sts. on March 29.
- Marie Schihl-Gigliotti, 31, of Toronto, who was hit and killed while attempting to cross Hwy. 401 on foot following a collision on April 5.
- A 67-year-old man who was killed on Hwy. 401 after being hit by a transport truck that failed to remain at the scene on May 29.
- A woman who was struck and killed by a vehicle on June 20 near Regent Park. The male driver was arrested by Toronto police for impaired driving.
- A 62-year-old woman was hit by a vehicle at near Jane St. and Finch Ave. W. on July 10. She was later pronounced dead at hospital.
- A woman was struck by a garbage truck in North York on Cliffwood Rd. at Don Mills Rd. on July 16. She was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
- A 71-year-old man was struck by a car in North York at Islington Ave. and Millwick Dr. He was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries on July 28. The man was pronounced dead on July 30.
- A 69-year-old woman was struck and killed on August 9 by a vehicle in North York. She was pronounced dead on scene at Doris and Finch Aves. shortly before 10 a.m.
According to statistics compiled by the Star using police and media reports, five cyclists and 42 pedestrians were killed on Toronto streets in 2018.
Scarborough saw more than 40 per cent of Toronto’s pedestrian deaths last year, with many occurring on wide busy roads.