Friday, March 13, 2009

Woman killed, teen injured by dump truck

Mar 11, 2009 10:58 AM
Robyn Doolittle Precious Yutangco Staff Reporters - Toronto Star

A woman was killed and her teenaged daughter treated for minor injuries after both were struck by a dump truck at a busy intersection in North York this morning.
Just before 7 a.m., the mother, 58, and daughter, 14, were crossing Pine Valley Dr. at Steeles Ave. W. when they started walking diagonally to reach a TTC bus stop a short distance from the intersection, said Sgt. Tim Burrows of Toronto police traffic services.
As they stepped away from the crosswalk, a southbound dump truck that had been turning left onto Steeles struck the two.
When emergency crews arrived, both the daughter and the driver were admistering CPR to the woman, who had no vital signs.
The daughter was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
"It's absolutely tragic. For a 14-year-old to lose their parent is enough but to witness it, to be holding their mother when she passes away," said Burrows.
It is believed the women worked a night-shift in the area and they were heading east to their home in Scarborough.
A visibly distraught man who identified himself as the girl's biological father, arrived on scene.
Both victims' names were withheld.
The mother has "no known relatives in the area," said Burrows. Her family is from South America.
So far, no witnesses have come forward.
A TTC bus was in the area at the time of the crash and the driver has been interviewed. Police are also in the process of interviewing the truck driver.
It is too early to tell whether charges will be laid, Burrows said.
"It was raining and dark at the time but I wouldn't say (weather) was a factor. It was more of a nuisance," Burrows said. Speed is also not a factor.
This is the city's seventh traffic fatality of the year.
Anyone who may have seen anything is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-1900.

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