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July 25: Toronto’s Weekly Carnage

About Toronto’s Weekly Carnage:

Toronto’s Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC’s Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.

Elderly Woman Injured In 401 Rollover

An elderly woman was left recovering in hospital Saturday night after a rollover on a ramp to northbound Highway 410.

Gardiner Crash

A single-vehicle crash on the Gardiner Sunday morning sent a 26-year-old man to hospital with minor injuries – and tore the hood off his silver car.

Pedestrian Killed In North Toronto

The 38-year-old man was apparently crossing the intersection diagonally when he was hit around 3am. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his name hasn’t been released.

SUV kills jaywalking pedestrian

The man was apparently trying to cross the intersection of Yonge St. and Steeles Ave. W. diagonally when he was struck by a westbound vehicle just after 3 a.m.

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July 18: Toronto’s Weekly Carnage

About Toronto’s Weekly Carnage:

Toronto’s Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC’s Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.

Tractor-Trailer Flips And Bursts Into Flames On Hwy. 401

The rig crashed on the eastbound lanes and brought down a light standard around 1:15pm Thursday. The OPP closed the eastbound section of the highway at Trafalgar Road, near Highway 407, but parts of the area reopened about an hour and a half later.

Unionville Crash

The accident happened around 10pm near Kennedy and Carlton Roads when a driver smashed into a tree. The man was trapped in the wreckage for a brief time, but amazingly, only suffered minor injuries.

Woman killed crossing intersection

What began as a simple fender-bender on Danforth Ave. early yesterday afternoon ended four blocks away with the horrific death of a pedestrian.

Pedestrian Killed At East End Intersection

Investigators claim the driver of a black BMW that had been involved in a minor collision at the nearby street Rose Heath came speeding westbound along Danforth, apparently causing a truck to swerve out of the way and hit the woman.

Two Dead After Fatal Night On Toronto’s Roads

The Mini Cooper was trapped under the larger vehicle as emergency crews worked to free the man. Sadly, the 34-year-old died on scene. Police think speed was a definite factor in that collision.

‘Jaws Of Life’ Needed To Pry Officer From Cruiser Following Hit-And-Run

Just before 3am, the vehicle was struck by another car near Parliament and Mill streets. “He was just traveling in the curb lane at a slow rate of speed and this other car comes by and side-swipes him.”

Boy Injured In Hit And Run

The child was riding his bike on Driftwood Avenue, near Cobbler Crescent, just before 7pm Thursday when he was hit by a small dark grey or green car, police said.

QEW Crash Sends Seven-Year-Old To Hospital

Police say the westbound vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed and making erratic lane changes, before it went out of control and flipped several times before landing in a ditch.

Car Drives into Construction Site

An Acura ended up vertical after smashing through a fence at a construction site near Yonge and Finch Sunday morning, fortunately resulting in little more than a close call for an elderly couple and a one-year-old baby girl in the car at the time.

Driver backs over elderly mother

The woman was in the front yard area of a home on Lyndhurst Crt., near Bathurst St. and Davenport Rd.,when she entered the path of the reversing car just after 8 p.m.

Hwy. 404 open again after crash

A taxi driver faces an impaired driving charge after a collision on Highway 404 this morning sent a woman to hospital with serious injuries.

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July 11: Toronto’s Weekly Carnage

About Toronto’s Weekly Carnage:

Toronto’s Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC’s Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.

Two-Vehicle Crash On Hwy 404

A woman is lucky to be alive after a serious accident on Highway 404 that left her trapped in the wreckage of her vehicle for about 40 minutes. Police say a white taxi travelling at a high speed rear-ended the woman’s pickup truck near Elgin Mills Friday around 3am. The impact caused the victim’s vehicle to barrel roll right through the median.

Cyclist Survives DVP Crash, But Could Face Charges

A cyclist is lucky to be alive after he was involved in a crash in a place he should never have been – the Don Valley Parkway.

Man charged in bus stop hit-and-run

A man faces charges in connection with a June 26 hit-and-run collision that injured two pedestrians as they waited for a bus. The accident occurred at 8:20 a.m. on Victoria Park Avenue at Peard Road, north of St. Clair Avenue.

Charges in road-rage death

Man charged after SUV hits guardrail and rolls for about 300 metres, killing ejected driver. Police said the man swerved to avoid a car after its driver slammed on his brakes in front of him. He died instantly when he was ejected from his SUV and crushed as it rolled several times, shortly after 5 a.m. on the highway’s eastbound lanes, just past James Snow Parkway in Milton.

Road rage eyed in Milton 401 death

Just after 5 a.m., Ontario Provincial Police responded to reports of a black Yukon SUV and a dark coloured Pontiac sedan driving fast and passing each other in the eastbound lanes near James Snow Parkway.

Driver Loses Control And Hits A Seniors’ Home

The crash happened at around 10:30 near Kennedy and Lawrence, when a driver apparently lost control and ran the vehicle straight toward the building.

Milton girl, 16, killed crossing Hwy. 401

A 16-year-old girl is dead after police say she “darted” across Highway 401 and was hit by a tractor-trailer in Milton.

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Driver fined $110 for hitting cyclist with door

You may have seen this news in your local paper, or in yesterday’s “Headlines” post, but in case you haven’t…

The driver who opened their car door and hit a cyclist in May, resulting in that cyclists crashing and then getting run over by a van is being fined $110 for it.

The Toronto Cyclists Union has been active in getting police to charge the driver with something, but a fine of $110 for “Open Vehicle Door Improperly” is falling rather short of what should be done. Wouldn’t something like “negligence causing death / bodily harm” be more appropriate?

The Highway Traffic Act doesn’t agree with me:

The Highway Traffic Act, Section 165, requires that:

No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on a highway without first taking due precautions to ensure that his or her act will not interfere with the movement of or endanger any other person or vehicle: (Fine $110 and two demerit points). [source]

If a driver was backing out of a parking space without looking and ran over a child, they’d have some answering to do, wouldn’t they?

I’m glad to report that yesterday’s “Headlines” post alerted TreeHugger to this, and they’ve posted about it here.

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July 4: Toronto’s Weekly Carnage

About Toronto’s Weekly Carnage:

Toronto’s Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC’s Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.

Garbage truck hits woman, 81

The woman was crossing Mount Pleasant Rd. near Soudan Ave when she was hit by the truck just after 1 p.m. today. She was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with life threatening injuries, police say.

Man charged in bus stop hit and run

A suspect who was allegedly driving a car that veered into oncoming traffic before mounting a sidewalk and striking two people in the city’s east end last month turned himself in to police.

Police Search For Answers In Cycling Accident

A cyclist is in hospital after an accident on Bayview Ave. north of Elgin Mills Rd. An elderly man was riding his bike Friday night when he collided with a car.

1 killed when car hits streetcar head-on

A 21-year-old Brampton woman is dead after her car slammed into a streetcar on Fleet Street, at the foot of Bathurst Street and Lakeshore Avenue, early Friday morning.

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