Pedestrian struck and killed while Toronto debated how to prevent pedestrian deaths
Toronto city councillors gathered today for the final meeting before summer break. One of the major agenda items was Vision Zer0 2.0, an updated safety project to reduce traffic-related deaths in the GTA.
In a chilling coincidence, while that very project was being discussed in council, a pedestrian was struck and later died in hospital in North York.
The pedestrian was struck at Cliffwood Rd. and Don Mills Rd., which is part of a stretch that Councillor Shelley Carroll said has been dangerous for a long time and requires a reduced speed limit.
The woman was transported to hospital after the collision and was pronounced deceased shortly after.
When the tragedy was brought up in council mid-meeting, Carroll got emotional.
Council now debating an updated road safety plan that proposes lowering speed limits on hundreds of kilometres of roads in our city. @shelleycarroll getting emotional as we’ve just learned a pedestrian was struck & killed this afternoon at Cliffwood & Don Mills. @CityNews #topoli pic.twitter.com/e4JLu3tbA3— Tina Yazdani (@TinaYazdani) July 16, 2019
She moved a motion to prioritize reducing the speed limit on that the same stretch, on Don Mills Rd. between Duncan Mills and Steeles.
She requested it be prioritized in memoriam of the victim.
Carroll says this stretch has been known to be dangerous for a long time. "When you hesitate, you lose lives… I’m asking for an acknowledgment that we didn’t move quickly enough," she says. "In memoriam I'm asking that this one go first." A powerful moment here in council.— Ben Spurr (@BenSpurr) July 16, 2019
The original Vision Zero plan, implemented three years ago, failed to significantly reduce traffic-related deaths.
In 2018, there were 66 pedestrian and cyclist deaths in the GTA.
Here's hoping that number only decreases.
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