Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Woman, 88, dies after being hit by tractor-trailer


An 88-year-old North York woman is dead after being struck by a tractor-trailer that left the scene.

Bernice "Bonnie" Field was standing at the southwest corner of Jane Street and Wilson Avenue when an eastbound transport truck making a right turn hit her at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday.

The senior, who lived in a nearby building, has two children, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

"Today is the day that we end the fifth generation," said Field's granddaughter, Cheryl Migliaccio. "It's a shame of how it went out. It's all the circle of life I guess."
Police said the victim was hit by the rear wheels of the tractor-trailer.
Field suffered massive blood loss and leg trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The trucker may not have even known that he struck her," Const. Hugh Smith said.
Grieving relatives described Field as a very active and independent woman.

"You couldn't keep her down," said daughter Carolyn Beale. "She had a walker, and she could walk faster than me."

Beale was going bowling when she came across the accident scene. When she took a closer look, she noticed her mother's shoe on the roadway.

"The EMS fellow came over to me. I said, 'Can I go in the ambulance to see her?' He said, 'No, you're going to have to wait. They're working on her,'" Beale said. "About five minutes later, he came back to me and said, 'I'm sorry to give you bad news. She's gone.'"

Field was a member of a church group that holds services in her building every Sunday.
"She was a very loving, compassionate person," said pastor Pauline Scott, adding Field was "a very devoted member of the congregation."

The tractor-trailer that hit Field had the word "xtra" in red lettering on the back.

Police are also looking for Field's black walker. "It was reported to be in the victim's possession prior to the collision," Smith said. "It may be attached to the trailer or it may have been picked up by someone."

Smith noted police are collecting surveillance videos from businesses in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to call the traffic services unit at 416-808-1900.
Photo courtesy of Staff photo/ANDREW PALAMARCHUK

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