Dec 17, 2015
By Jane Brown
2015 will officially become the deadliest year on Toronto’s roads in more than a decade if a single pedestrian, cyclist, driver or passenger dies on a city street between now and New Year’s Eve.
The latest fatal crash happened Tuesday morning at Jane and Lawrence when an 80 year old woman died after the car she was travelling in, was hit in the intersection.
Her death brings the number of fatal collisions in Toronto this year to 63. The majority of those, 37, were pedestrians. And it’s seniors who tend to be more at risk when crossing streets.
Albert Koehl is a lawyer and crusader for safer streets. He says “we know we have more cyclists and pedestrians on the roads, but (the city) has not planned for their safety.”
The provincial coroner and Toronto’s chief medical health officer have recommended lowering speed limits as a way to prevent road deaths. City Council approved a plan to reduce the limit to 30 km/h on residential streets, but the money to make it happen citywide has yet to be included in next year’s budget.