Six pedestrians injured in rash of morning crashes
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Monday, December 10, 2012 7:14AM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 10, 2012 1:46PM EST
Toronto police are urging people to pay attention on the roads after six pedestrians were injured in a rash of collisions during Monday morning's commute.
In one incident, a man in his 80's suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a vehicle on Kennedy Road, south of Eglinton Avenue East.
Earlier, a woman was transported to hospital after she was hit by a vehicle while pushing a stroller.
The child, believed to be two years old, was not harmed when the woman was struck at Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue East shortly after 6:35 a.m., a Toronto EMS spokesperson said.
The mother, believed to be in her 40's, suffered non-life-threatening injuries to her lower body.
Charges are pending, police said.
Police are investigating a number of potential factors, including driver or pedestrian error, in the collisions.
A common factor in most of the collisions was dark clothing worn by pedestrians, said traffic services Const. Clint Stibbe.
“I’m not saying the pedestrians did anything wrong, but everyone needs to be aware of each other," Stibbe told CP24.
He said it's the driver's responsibility to pay attention to their surroundings and obey traffic laws, and the pedestrian's responsibility to cross when it is safe to do so and to be seen by motorists.
“Pedestrians can’t assume that drivers are going to stop for them, or that they see them,” Stibbe said.
In response to the collisions, police urged drivers and pedestrians to pay attention and be aware of their surroundings.
"Drivers need to be aware, pedestrians need to stop, look, listen and think," Stibbe tweeted.
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