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Seven pedestrians killed in GTA over the last week

While fewer people in Toronto are dying behind the wheel of their cars,the city’s streets are becoming more dangerous for pedestrians.

While fewer people in Toronto are dying behind the wheel of their cars, the city’s streets are becoming more dangerous for pedestrians.

That’s what recent traffic stats show, highlighting a grim trend amid a deadly week for walkers in the GTA.

Seven pedestrians were killed across the region in the last seven days, beginning last Tuesday, when a teenager in Vaughan, a young mother in Etobicoke, and a senior citizen in the city’s west end were all run down the same day.

Later in the week, a 24-year-old woman was killed by a Brampton transit bus, a man taking a shortcut was hit by a GO train, and a father walking with his wife and four-year-old son was run over by a tow truck. During yesterday morning’s rush hour, a 60-year-old woman was killed by a TTC bus.

Toronto Const. Hugh Smith said the situation is getting worse in Toronto because as the city crowds, people aren’t using their senses to protect themselves — blocking sound with earphones and limiting their vision with hoods and hats — and drivers are more distracted than ever.

“Everybody’s moving quickly, pedestrians are moving blindly and nobody’s communicating.”

Numbers
Pedestrian fatalities in Toronto as a percentage of total traffic fatalities:
2009 — 31 of 48=65%
2008 — 27 of 54=50%
2007 — 23 of 52=44%
2006 — 30 of 57=53%