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Traffic Fatalities: These Are the Deadliest Intersections for Pedestrians in Toronto in 2016

We’re only in the fourth month of 2016 and there have already been 13 pedestrian deaths involving distracted drivers.

Pedestrian deaths in Toronto are up this year with seniors accounting for a majority of the fatalities ( 70 per cent). In the last year alone there were 38 pedestrians killed on city streets.

In order to combat the city’s growing concern for pedestrian fatalities, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has started its “Stay Focused, Stay Safe” campaign, which is supposed to encourage pedestrians to pay more attention.

Throughout the city you can see several different posters carrying warnings about jay-walking, wearing dark clothing at night, or using your phone while crossing the road — pinpointing things that have yet to be a factor in pedestrian deaths this year and singling pedestrians out instead of distracted drivers.

Luckily, to shed some light on the situation (and not blame the wrong people) Metro News has begun tracking pedestrian and cyclist deaths across Toronto for 2016 by creating an interactive map which points out where the latest fatalities have occurred.

This comes as police search for a hit-and-run driver that struck and killed a 56-year-old woman near Markham Road and Nashdene Road just last week.

In order to keep the city safe and informed, here are the 13 most dangerous city streets so far in 2016.


1. Kennedy Road & Ellesmere Road 
Sunday, January 3rd: A 39-year-old man was hit by a driver and killed while crossing Kennedy Road, south of Ellesmere Road.

2. Sheppard Ave East & Chichester Place
Sunday, January 17th: A 79-year-old man was hit by a driver and killed while crossing Sheppard Avenue near Chichester Place.

3. Bayview Ave & Eglinton Ave East 
Friday, January 15th: An 85-year-old woman was hit by a driver while crossing Bayview Avenue at Eglinton. She later died in hospital.

4. Dufferin Street & Armstrong Ave 
Saturday, January 30th: A 90-year-old woman was hit by a driver and killed while crossing Dufferin Street, south of Armstrong Avenue.

5. Dundas Street West & Poplar Ave
Thursday, January 28th: A 49-year-old woman was crossing Dundas St. West when she was hit by a left-turning driver in a private bus. She was taken to hospital and succumbed to her injuries on February 2nd.

6. Wedgewood Drive & Tobruk Crescent 
Wednesday, February 10th: An 84-year-old man is hit by a driver who jumped the sidewalk on Wedgewood Drive. The victim is taken to hospital and died February 13th.
7. Finch Ave West & Tobermory Drive 
Saturday, February 13th: A 72-year-old woman was hit and killed by a driver as she attempted to cross Finch Avenue.
8. Dawes Road & Secord Ave 
Thursday, February 18th: A 74-year-old woman was hit by a right-turning van driver while crossing Secord Avenue at Dawes Road. She was taken to hospital, where she died February 21st.
9. MacDonnell Ave & Queen St West
Thursday, February 18th: A 70-year-old man was killed after he reportedly fell on to the road and was hit by a TTC bus.
10. Queen Street & Jarvis Street
Friday, March 4th: A woman in her 40s was hit by a dump truck driver and killed.
11. 333 King Street E
Wednesday, March 23rd: A 79-year-old woman was hit by a vehicle while crossing King Street East near Princess Street. She was taken to hospital, but passed away as a result of her injuries on March 24th.
12. Finch Ave East & Skymark Drive
Tuesday, March 29th: A 76-year-old woman was crossing Finch Avenue when she was hit by a left-turning driver. She later died in hospital.
13. Markham Road & Nashdene Road

Thursday, March 31st: A 56-year-old woman was attempting to cross Markham Road when she was hit and killed by a black Mercedes Benz. The driver fled the scene.

Regardless of where you’re walking in the city just remember to stay alert and watch out for reckless or distracted drivers.

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