Family hit by SUV were ‘doing what they were supposed to do,’ Toronto mayor says


Toronto’s mayor says there’s nothing the city could have done to prevent an alleged hit-and-run that badly injured a toddler, his mother and his grandmother on Sunday.

John Tory says the family members were “doing what they were supposed to do” — standing on the sidewalk, waiting their turn to cross the street — when they were struck.

He says no government initiative could have stopped somebody driving in what he called “erratic circumstances.”

Tory vowed earlier this year to lower speed limits and crack down on motorists who break traffic laws in an effort to reduce the number of pedestrian and cyclist deaths in the city.

The measures are part of an updated plan presented to city council over the summer, which also includes other traffic-calming efforts such as changes to road design and additional crossings.

Police have named three “persons of interest” in connection with the crash and released images of a man they say abandoned the vehicle in the city’s East York neighbourhood.

Officers have said the family was standing on a sidewalk when they were hit by a grey SUV.

“It was a tragedy and I’m terribly sorry about it and I’m glad everybody seems to be recovering, but in this case it was not people who were crossing the street, they were standing on the curb,” Tory said Tuesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was originally published on Oct. 15, 2019.


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