17-year-old girl dies in hospital after being hit by driver in Scarborough
A 17-year-old girl died in hospital after being struck by a driver in Scarborough on Tuesday, Toronto police said.
The collision occurred in the area of Birchmount Road and Danforth Avenue. Emergency crews were called to the intersection for a report of a serious collision involving a pedestrian at 11:45 a.m.
When the police arrived, they found a gray Dodge Caravan van and the girl.
Toronto paramedics said they took the teenager to life-threatening condition during an emergency run to a trauma center, where she died.
Police say the teenager was a student at Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, a high school down the street where the incident happened.
The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene, police said.
Sgt. Orang Momeni, spokesman for the police traffic department, said charges were pending. He said members of the traffic services continue to investigate.
Teenager was on crosswalk when hit, police say
According to Insp. Michael Williams, the teenager was in a crosswalk when she was hit.
Williams said police believed the driver of the van was heading south on Birchmount Road and turning left to head east on Danforth Avenue when the teenager was struck on the east side of Birchmount Road . The teenager was heading from south to north. “What we believe so far we would like to confirm,” said Williams.
“We know that several people stopped and rescued this young woman as well as tried to stop traffic and protect her from other vehicles. If any of these people left before the officers could talk, we would very much appreciate it if you can contact our traffic services, “he added.
“It is much appreciated when untrained citizens step forward and play the role of heroes.”
Police have notified the next of kin and family members are at the hospital speaking to investigators.
The driver was taken to hospital in shock and is in stable condition, Williams said. Williams said there was no indication that speed or alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Police also spoke to the director of Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute about the girl’s death, he added.
Mohammed Mominul Haque, a local resident, said the girl who was killed was a neighbor of her. He described her as “very nice”, “always laughing” and “always respectful” of the elderly. He said he came to the scene after hearing the news.
“We are very shocked by this. She grew up in front of us. She is our neighbor. It is very sad. We want justice done for her, please,” he said.
He said he had a request from the drivers: “You have to understand: your reckless driving will take another person’s life and the whole family’s dream. She was her mother’s dream.”
Roads closed as officers investigate
Roads remain closed in the area as officers reconstruct the collision. At this intersection, which Williams described as generally busy, Danforth Avenue has four lanes of traffic with one turning lane, with eastbound lanes separated from westbound lanes by an island. Birchmount also has four lanes of traffic.
Police closed westbound lanes on Kingston Road and Danforth Avenue, eastbound lanes on Danforth Avenue and Eastwood, northbound lanes on Birchmount and Rhydwen Avenue, and southbound lanes on Birchmount Road and Pinegrove Avenue. Motorists should expect delays, police said.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or has relevant video from a cell phone, security camera or dash cam to call them at (416) 808- 1900.