A man is fighting for his life in hospital after he was hit by an eastbound TTC streetcar on Queen Street, near Broadview Avenue.
The 35-year-old victim is the latest in a string of collisions involving pedestrians this month — collisions that have resulted in 12 deaths in the GTA since Jan. 12.
Police say the man was hit by the streetcar as he crossed Queen, just east of Hamilton Street, around 12:30 a.m.
He was taken to St. Michael’s hospital by emergency personnel in “very bad shape,” according to police. The man, who police say was from Woodbridge, remains in critical condition.
Police believe the victim, whose name is not being released at the request of his family, may have been distracted as he stepped in front of the streetcar.
“It would appear that he was on his cellphone at the time and that may have been a contributing factor,” said Staff Sgt. Steve Reynolds.
There is no indication alcohol played a role and no charges have been laid at this time, he added.
TTC representative Mike Detoma said the collision, like all accidents involving TTC vehicles, will be followed up with an investigation and safety briefing.
Detoma wouldn’t comment on whether transit drivers were being advised to be more cautious in the wake of the recent pedestrian fatalities.
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