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Ontario woman dies in pedestrian-bus accident

On behalf of Rooz Law posted in Auto-Pedestrian Accidents on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Toronto officials say that a woman believed to be in her 20s or 30s died after a Brampton Transit bus hit her near the intersection of Humberline Drive and Finch Avenue in Etobicoke. The crash happened just before 6 a.m. on July 28 while it was still dark and heavily raining.

A preliminary accident investigation found that the bus was southbound on Humberline Drive and made a left turn onto Finch Avenue. The woman was heading north across the avenue when the bus hit her. When paramedics arrived, they observed the woman stuck under the bus. Toronto Fire personnel raised the vehicle and tried to rescue her without causing more injury. However, she was declared dead at the scene. The pedestrian accident caused the eastbound lanes of Finch Avenue to be shut down for several hours during the police investigation, but the lanes were reopened by noon.

Police say that both the woman and the bus driver had green lights. One official said that the rain and darkness did not help the situation. A worker at a nearby gas station also reported that the woman was wearing a black outfit. Despite the conditions, police believe that the accident was preventable, and it is likely that the transit bus driver will face charges.

The family members of pedestrians who are killed in accidents because of the negligence of others could be eligible for compensation under the Family Law Act. The compensation could reimburse certain family members, such as parents, siblings and children, for funeral expenses and the loss of companionship and guidance that they reasonably expected to receive had their loved ones not died.

Source: CTV News Toronto, ‘Woman struck by Brampton bus dies,” Kendra Mangione, July 28, 2014

Source: CanLII.org, ‘Family Law Act”

Source: Toronto Star, “Pedestrian dies after being struck by bus”, Laurent Bastien Corbeil, July 28, 2014