A May 19, 2016 CityNews article is entitled: “Woman, 81, struck by car in Etobicoke.”
The woman who was hit at Twenty Fourth Street around 6:00 am on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 was seriously injured, with head injuries, according to another news report.
On Thursday morning, May 19, 2016 I observed a police investigation that was underway, to determine the circumstances of the collision. The investigation lasted about four hours, as I understand.
The collision serves as a reminder, for drivers to be alert and avoid speeding and driving on “autopilot” – that is; it’s so important for us to have our attention on the road ahead, and on what is happening in front of us.
From the pedestrian perspective – I’ve recently had experiences from that perspective – we need to be super alert, because not every driver cares to look where they are going, especially when their attention is on getting to some destination as quickly as they can.
Over the years, I’ve had some experiences where I’ve stopped for a split second, about to step off the curb. At that split second, on more than one occasion, a car has sped by at a high speed, with the driver oblivious to the situation precisely at the point, in time and space, where I have been about to step off the curb.
These near-misses, that I have described, have occurred in incidents spread out over a period of many decades, in Vancouver, Mississauga, and Toronto. One split second can serve as the borderline between life and death, in the cases I have described.
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A Consumer Reports article (which I downloaded on May 21, 2016) is entitled: “Distracted Driving & Teen Safety.”
Driving while drowsy
A May 13, 2016 WBUR (Boston) article is entitled: “Asleep At The Wheel: Drowsy Driving As A Public Health Crisis.”
‘Don’t call them accidents’
A May 22, 2016 New York Times article is entitled: “It’s No Accident: Advocates Want to Speak of Car ‘Crashes’ Instead.”