Pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by vehicle in Toronto

A pedestrian has serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle in Toronto Thursday morning. Toronto police say a pedestrian was hit in the area of Bloor Street East and Castle Frank Road at around 6:40 a.m. The pedestrian was taken to hospital...

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cyclemonster
cyclemonster
97 · 5 days ago · Reddit

Wouldn't be surprised if the city shares blame for this. The whole north side of the road has been a total shit-show for at least six months. The sidewalk just ends and people are expected to cross Bloor twice rather than try to walk around the concrete barriers.

Doctor_Amazo
Doctor_Amazo
60 · 5 days ago · Reddit

The cause of the collision is unknown.

Traffic lights are out in the intersection due to the crash.

If the car was going fast enough to take out a traffic pole then I'm going to say that speed was a factor in causing the accident.

idiotseverywhere101
idiotseverywhere101
53 · 5 days ago · Reddit

Is the car okay? That’s what Toronto cares about.

People and lives? Nah.

Toronto builds communities for cars and not people.

toasterstrudel2
toasterstrudel2
49 · 5 days ago · Reddit

The problems with this intersection since the construction started was brought up by /r/​Toronto 5 months ago.

https://www.reddit.com/​r/toronto/​comments/​s5ierq/​dangerous_sidewalk_closure_castle_frank/

It's a total clusterfuck. There isn't proper signage when you approach the station from the West, and if you "follow" the signs once you get there, it's a one kilometer walk back to parliament, across, back over to Castle frank, across Bloor, then back across Castle Frank.

Or, you could enter the blind bike lane, and deal with aggressive AF vehicles making illegal right on yellow/​red.

It looks like this happened on the crosswalk from the school, but the whole area is an absolute clusterF for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users because of the design.

Coming off the DVP, drivers still feel like they're highway driving at 60+.

Coming from the Viaduct, which is wide enough for a plane to land on, drivers still feel OK going 60+

This is why we need Vulnerable Road User Laws. The driver that seriously injured this pedestrian is likely to only receive a $100 fine for "failure to yield to pedestrian" or an $85 fine for "Turn not in Safety".

How is this any sort of suitable punishment for someone who was hit hard enough to smash the front windshield? This pedestrian likely has broken bones, lacerations, head trauma, etc.

Vulnerable road user laws would mean the driver causing serious injury or death to a vulnerable road user would have to serve community service related to road safety, a license suspension, driver re-education, and the driver must attend court (not hire a legal aid in their place) for sentencing and to listen to victim impact statements.

How have we failed to pass the bill that holds these laws?!

KevPat23
KevPat23
31 · 5 days ago · Reddit

Toronto police say a pedestrian was hit in the area of Bloor Street East and Castle Frank Road at around 6:40 a.m.

morallycorruptt
morallycorruptt
27 · 5 days ago · Reddit

This area is a DEATH TRAP since they started construction. Pedestrians have to jump into a bikelane, next to a right turning light where cars cant see anything. The amount of assholes that have almost hit me crossing the light AT MY TURN is almost daily. This is such an embarrassment of city planning.

Welshgrrl
Welshgrrl
24 · 5 days ago · Reddit

Just another day in Caronto, the powers that be will politely express regret for a couple of minutes and then nothing will be done. That stretch of Bloor is a danger to pedestrians and it was just a matter of time before someone got hit

Antin0de
Antin0de
21 · 5 days ago · Reddit

Better crack down harder on those damn cyclists going more than 20 in High Park, amirite?

KevPat23
KevPat23
8 · 5 days ago · Reddit

PURE SPECULATION

Based on google maps looks like the pedestrian would have been hit in the cross walk. Looks like the car is in the Eastbound lanes of Bloor just East of Castle Frank Road. You can see the green painted bike lanes and edge of the crossing in the picture.

mad_canadian_cyclist
mad_canadian_cyclist
5 · 5 days ago · Reddit

This always sucks to see...from what I've seen traffic lights that are out are some of the most dangerous situations for people involved. It requires the drivers to decouple their habitual knowledge of traffic lights and recognize a four way stop. And it requires cyclists and pedestrians to know that even though it is treated as a four way stop it only takes on mistake of a driver zoning out to have an accident. In those situations the car always wins.

I think people forget that everyone on the road is a person, the fact the person stayed after shows that humanity. It is easy to see cars, cyclists, pedestrians as annoying/​clueless/​etc. But when the rubber hits the road, excuse the saying, everyone loses when accidents happen. The injured get injured, and the ones who cause the accident have to live with the guilt and knowledge of the injures.

BlackBerryClassico
BlackBerryClassico
5 · 5 days ago · Reddit

This is why cyclists need to be licensed!!! Get them off the road!!!!

/s