TORONTO — Police say a 31-year-old woman is dead after a late-night collision on Highway 401 in Toronto.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says it appears the woman was struck while trying to cross the highway on foot after being involved in an earlier collision.
In a video posted on Twitter this morning, Schmidt says the initial crash happened shortly after 11 p.m. on the westbound 401 between Markham and McCowan roads in Scarborough.
He says the first collision was “relatively minor” and involved two vehicles, one of which was hauling a small U-Haul trailer.
Schmidt says the driver of the other vehicle, a woman from Toronto, got out of the car and attempted to cross the highway on foot but was struck by another vehicle.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This is something that is obviously concerning for us, as people are outside dealing with the collision — dealing with the circumstances of the initial crash, which was relatively minor — and sadly now, a 31-year-old woman is dead because she tried to cross the highway,” Schmidt said.
“We’re obviously investigating the circumstances around that crash, and the reasoning behind her trying to cross the highway. Where she was going, what she was doing and what her intentions were, are still part of the investigation. We don’t have any word on that.”
Schmidt added that while police and other responders were investigating the crash, several drivers ignored the road closures that had been set up by officials with the Ministry of Transportation.
“Fortunately no one was struck — there was no injuries as a result of these drivers coming through — but that could very, very easily have been a tragic repeat of what happened just moments earlier,” Schmidt said.
Anyone with information — including anyone with dashboard-camera footage of the crash — is asked to contact Toronto OPP at 416-235-4981.
The Canadian Press