TORONTO – A 65-year-old man died Saturday night after being hit by a vehicle as he was crossing a street in Scarborough.
Toronto police, firefighters and paramedics were called to Kennedy Road, north of Lawrence Avenue East, just after 6.30pm for a serious collision.
Vagtinsp. Michael Williams said the man had just left a nearby spot and was crossing Kennedy Road when a northbound blue Dodge Caravan hit him in the curb lane.
Despite life-saving efforts, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, Williams said.
“Our traffic reconstruction unit and the Criminal Investigative Bureau are on the scene, trying to put together exactly what happened,” he said.
The 36-year-old motorist remained at the scene.
Williams said the driver is cooperating with investigators.
“He was one of the people who contacted us to tell us he had been involved in a collision. He stopped when he knew what had happened and called 911 to bring help,” he said. Williams.
He noted that investigators are investigating whether speed was a factor in the accident.
“There is no indication of any similar impairment at this time,” Williams said.
“Kennedy Road is a very busy road, and it is quite often that we find that speeds are a factor on roads like Kennedy.”
Police are urging witnesses or others with dashcam video to contact 41 Division or Traffic Services.
Williams urges motorists to slow down, especially with the rain.
“It’s a pretty dark night and there has been wet and a lot of glare on the vehicles,” he said.
“So thank you, slow down on evenings like tonight. It’s Halloween weekend. There are lots of people out.”