Three people were killed in a collision on Lake Shore Boulevard West Thursday evening.
Emergency crews responded at the scene in the area of Lake Shore and Superior Avenue, just after 5:30 pm, Toronto police said.
At the scene, Toronto Paramedics found two men and a woman without any vital signs.
According to reports, a white SUV traveling at very high speed apparently went through a red light and struck two pedestrians in the crosswalk area, police spokesperson David Hopkinson told reporters at the scene.
The driver then struck a flatbed trailer and was possibly ejected from the vehicle, Hopkinson added.
The driver was one of the three people killed. The other two were pedestrians, officers at the scene reported.
Crews performed life-saving measures on the three people, but they were declared dead.
The front end of the white SUV, which tore through the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd. and Superior Ave., appeared completely torn off, crushed up against the back of a massive flatbed truck.
A single black running shoe sat in the middle of the street, a small orange cone placed next to it by police to mark it as evidence.
Late Thursday, a large section of Lakeshore Blvd. was blocked off with yellow crime scene tape and police cruisers, a large Toronto police collision reconstruction van parked meters from the crash.
Witnesses in the area at the time described a loud crash sound followed by screams. An employee working at a coffee shop at the intersection described suddenly hearing two women screaming, followed by a flood of customers heading over to the shop window to see what had just happened.
Robert Gunnyon, who lives near the intersection, was nearby picking his child up from daycare — “one of two daycares in the area,” he said — when he heard a loud sound coming from the intersection. He crosses the intersection many times a day and expressed concern about drivers in the area who “don’t want to behave,” saying it can “kill innocent people.”
As night fell, dozens of area residents stood around and watched grimly as police continued their investigation.
Toronto has a citywide plan in place to eliminate pedestrian deaths on city streets, called Vision Zero.
The plan got a reboot in 2019 after its first attempt failed to reduce traffic deaths in the city. Council had introduced several changes including reconstruction to encourage drivers to slow down.
The Star reached out to Mayor John Tory’s office for comment on today’s incident, but did not get a response by time of publication.
Including the two killed today, nine pedestrians have been killed on Toronto roads this year. They are:
- A man was struck by a driver in Scarborough on Jan. 6 and was transported to hospital in life-threatening condition and passed away the same day. The driver of the crash failed to remain on scene.
- A 52-year-old man was hit and killed at Weston Road and Knob Hill Drive on Jan. 22. The victim was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away. The driver did not remain at the scene, but was later found and arrested
- An 84-year-old man was struck and killed by a driver leaving a gas station at Islington Avenue and the Queensway in Etobicoke on Jan. 28. The man was rushed to the hospital and died the same day
- An 80-year-old woman was struck crossing a crosswalk at College and Bay Street by a driver on Feb. 18. She was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition and succumbed to her injuries later that day
- A woman in her mid-20s died suffering life-threatening injuries near Airport Road in Mississauga on Feb. 21. She was rushed to a local hospital after being involved in a hit-and-run collisionwhere she was later pronounced dead
- A man died due to his injuries after being struck by the driver of a vehicle near Ryerson University on Mar. 6. Toronto police found the victim without vital signs and CPR was performed. He was then taken to the hospital and pronounced dead
- 87-year-old man succumbed to his injuries on stage after being struck by the driver of a vehicle at Neilco Court and Dundas Street East on March 28. The driver remained on scene.
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